Strange, a lit-fest with ‘Champa’ presiding doesn’t have ‘Champakali’ on the menu

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The 83rd Kannada sahitya sammelana will be held in Mysore from November 24 to 26, and the most important literatary document for the gabfest has been unveiled: the menu.

Strangely, for an event that will be presided over by the Kannada writer Chandrashekhar Patil (popularly know as Champa), there is no ‘champakali’ on it.

Equally strangely, at a time when chief minister Siddaramaiah has extolled his non-vegetarianism, the literary menu is pure veg.

Friday, November 24
Breakfast (8 am to 9.30 am): Khara pongal, sweet, coffee/tea
Lunch (12 noon-3pm): Poori-saagu, methi rice bath, rice-sambar, curd-rice, papad, pickles, kajjaya
Dinner (7.30 pm-10 pm): Vegetable biryani, rice-rasam, curd rice, pickles, papad, rice payasam

Saturday, November 25
Breakfast: Upma, kesari bath, masala vada, coffee/tea
Lunch: Akki rotti, kalle huli, Melukote poliyogare, rice-sambar, curd rice, pickles, papad, holige
Dinner: Vegetable pulao, rice-rasam, curd rice, papad, pickles, Badushah

Sunday, November 26
Breakfast: Vermicelli bath, halwa, coffee/tea
Lunch: Jowar rotti, yengai (brinjal) curry, gingelly chutney, bisi bele bath, rice-sambar, curd rice, papad, pickles, Mysore pak
Dinner: Vangi bath, raita, rice-rasam, curd rice, papad, ladoo

Praja Vani reports that the food will be prepared by 1,200 cooks and served in three locations by 3,000 volunteers at an estimated cost of Rs 3.5 crore.