Monday, November 24, 2008

Salumarada Thimmakka - The woman, who has done a lot to preserve the environment



Today  I got the opportunity to meet Salumarada Thimmakka in Vibhutipuramatha near Basavanagara,Bangalore.

Today she was given with prestigeous ,"Suvarna shree " award for her work from Vibhutipura math.

Thimmaka is so simple and  when I aksed for a photo with her she told , "aparoopada ajji alwa "(I am rare grandmother thats why know)..

Here are some of the details of Salumarada Thimmakka ,which I downloaded from the web...
SALUMARADA THIMMAKKA, (Kannada: ಸಾಲುಮರದ ತಿಮ್ಮಕ್ಕ) the woman who planted banyan trees as her life's mission along the Bangalore-Nelamangala highway, is certainly not a household name in the "happening" metropolis. For, she went about her selfless work for 45 years without any fuss or publicity. And, of course, she never called herself an environmental activist, though she planted and painstakingly watered and nurtured some 400-odd trees, along with her husband, Chikkaiah.

This illiterate woman, who has done more to preserve the environment than many self-styled and seminar-oriented environmentalists, has donated much of the funds she has received as awards to a trust specifically for setting up a maternity home in her village, Hulikal near Kudur, a short distance from Bangalore.
 Thimmakka is a storehouse of knowledge on environment and knows all there is to know about agriculture. This is not unusual in agricultural communities, where the woman not only takes care of the household but also plays an active part in the entire agricultural process. Ask Thimmakka about trees, and she will name some 25 species in one go, and will also tell you why they have to be planted.

But what egged Thimmakka on to take on the extraordinary task of planting 400 trees?
"I longed to have children, but couldn't. My husband felt that we should make up for it by `parenting' trees. He believed that it was a work of great punya, and would do us good. He used to tell me it would also fulfil my desire for motherhood. Believe me, nobody ever told us to do this. It's our own thinking that put us on to it," says Thimmakka, explaining the circumstances.

But this meant that Thimakka and her husband Chikkaiah had to walk about three kilometres from their home in Huligal to the highway, along which they had decided to plant trees. They couldn't afford to buy saplings either. So, they cut branches off banyan trees and planted them in a row. During the first year, they successfully planted 10. But their task did not end there. The couple drew water from the village well, trudged the three-kilometre distance, and watered the young plants. "I would carry two pitchers, one on my waist and one on my head, and my husband would carry one on his head." They did this round the year, except during rainy season.

Moreover, protected the growing plants from grazing cattle by fencing them with thorny shrubs. They actually felt like anxious parents, until the plants took root and began to grow! "We planted more, increasing the numbers to 15, 25, and more." Neither Thimmakka nor her husband ever found the need to keep count of the trees they planted. It was only after she got recognition that the Government started counting them.
Though Thimmakka's vision is blurred, she still has no problem in recognising things and objects close to her.
She has been given a tape-recorder and a radio by two organisations, which honoured her some time ago. While she uses the radio frequently, she does not use the tape-recorder, for she does not know how to operate it. ``If you want you can play it,'' she told this correspondent. The tape-recorder is used only when someone who knows how to play it, visits her.

Why did she plant trees? ``See for yourself. So many birds eat the fruits of my trees and build nests on them. The leaves that fall become manure. And, in summer, they provide shade to tired people.''
Life had never been easy for Thimmakka. Her husband had a tiny piece of land on which they grew ragi. It was barely sufficient for them. She worked in fields, carried stones to construction sites, dug drains, besides other backbreaking jobs. All that she earned was taken away by her mother-in-law.

Towards the late '80s, her life grew more complicated when her mother-in-law had a stroke and brother-in-law took seriously ill. "It was a traumatic phase of my life. I had to give them bath, eed them, and even clean their shit," she recalls. After prolonged suffering, both passed away. Soon, Chikkaiah also took ill. Cousins came and took him away on the pretext of nursing him to health, though all the while, they had intentions of claiming the small piece of land he owned.

Chikkaiah also died soon. "I felt I had been stripped off my clothes," she recalls, tears in her eyes. "There was nobody for me, no money, nothing..." Worse still, her dilapidated hut began to crumble. There was no roof over her head and no walls around her. All she had was a gunnysack to lie on. The few vessels that she had, she gave them away to her neighbour. "This Sankranti, it will be 13 years since my husband passed away. I haven't planted a single sapling since then."

It was not as if she was too depressed to continue the task, but just that there were too many practical problems. There was nobody to help her cut branches and plant them, and with what little she earned, it was impossible to spend money on plants as well.

The story of the couple's 45-year effort, but was far-sighted enough to write out applications to the departments concerned, both at the Central and State level. Several awards and recognition came her way. "I have a whole lot of prizes, I have no place to keep them. I have put them all in a plastic bag and kept them in the attic," says Thimmakka in a matter-of-fact tone. "Life is better than before. Now, at least, I have a roof above my head. 

Monday, November 17, 2008


I had been to Kemmanugundi trip for 2 days along with my colleagues last week.

It was a memorable in many ways..may be relaxation from office work,tension free,enjoying nature in our Malnad region.

We left office early morning in Tempo traveller..Journey was awesome except driver who was little bit reserve & not so cooperative..

Kemmanugundi is in Chickmagalore district,a place full of greenery with full of Coffee plant & a Ghat section.Hardly we see people there..As now it is winter it was very cold in Night & early morning.. " I found two main things which may be the reason its attracting less people now a days,road from Kemmanugundi to HEBBE Falls is Worst..We have to hire a Jeep again for that 13 Kms journey to reach that falls for that we have to atleast Rs 100 per head..And one more thing is that there is only 1 hotel ..!" that too we have to give order in advance for dinner or Lunch.then only they will prepare.But Cost wise it was very good..

I was wondering why Goverment is not taking much interest in this , when they can make this place more Tourist attractive & can get more money to Tourism Department of Karnataka..

We also visted kalhat giri falls,where we had a nice bath with play in fresh & cold Water.After that we had Darshan of Shree Veerabhadra Swamy..Although we went to Bababudan giri mountain(Hill) which is the highest mountain Karanataka we could not enter Temple & Masjid which is there due to ongoing work which will take another 4 months to open..We felt sad as we went with great expectation to bababudangiri..

On the way to Trip one of my colleague who is a very good guitarist entertained us a lot.We were so tired on the way back to Kammangundi from Hebbe falls we fall asleep without Dinner unless a person from Hotel came & knocked door with nice Dinner..On the way back we had nice dinner in Hasan at night..Our trip was memorable as we enjoyed a Nature with full of greenery,Coffe plants,shared jokes,enjoyed nice photography,pulled others legs....Hope people will take some time visit this place to keep themselves fresh and active..

Sunday, November 02, 2008

ANIL KUMBLE- The cricket Legend

Anil Kumble


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Full name Anil Kumble
Born October 17, 1970, Bangalore, Karnataka
Current age 38 years 17 days
Major teams India, Asia XI, Bangalore Royal Challengers, Karnataka, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Surrey ,Batting style Right-hand bat, Bowling style Legbreak googly

It was surprising to know that our Indian Test cricket captain has decided to retire from International Test matches..I never had dreamt that he will take this decision so sooooon..When I read a comment from former captain Dilip Vengsarkar 2 days ago, regarding Anil Kumble's poor performance since couple of test matches, I just read and forgot thinking that he will do his best again as he is known for international Test Matches..He should not have retired so soon as he is the Highest Test wicket taker for India, one of the match winning bowler for India cricket Team ..

On the fiield he never used to show off , less talkative and used to be sportive mind..

I got the opporunity to see him from very near when he came in his car, driving to Chinnaswamy stadium,Bangalore for practice session when India Vs England Series was going on where I was struggling to see our Great crickets outside the stadium..

We have to accept Change... as Change is only the constant thing in this world,as its little painful when we know that he will not be playing International cricket anymore as has already retired from One day international last year.

No bowler in history has won India more Test matches than Anil kumble, and there probably hasn't been a harder trier either. Like the great tall wristspinners Bill O'Reilly and his own idol BS Chandrasekhar, Kumble traded the legspinner's proverbial yo-yo for a spear, as the ball hacked through the air rather than hanging in it and came off the pitch with a kick rather than a kink. The method provided him stunning success, particularly on Indian soil, where his deliveries burst like packets of water upon the feeblest hint of a crack, and more than one modern-day batsman remarked that there was no more difficult challenge in cricket than handling Kumble on a wearing surface.

Kumble's prodigious capacity to bear pain was proved in Antigua in 2002 when he bandaged his fractured jaw to deliver a stirring spell, and that to continuously learn in the mid-2000s when, after a decade of middling away performances, he influenced memorable wins in Headingley, Adelaide, Multan and Kingston, using an improved googly, bigger sidespin and more variation in flight and on the crease.

In a brilliant though always downplayed career Kumble claimed virtually every Indian record. In 1999 in Delhi he swallowed all ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan. In December 2001, on home turf in Bangalore, he became the India's first spinner to take 300 Test wickets. A year later, almost to the day, he became the first to do so in one-dayers. In August 2007 at The Oval he went past Glenn McGrath's 563 wickets and in January 2008 he broke the 600 barrier, to stand behind only Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, emphasising his contribution to spin's golden era. And at The Oval he chalked up what, judging by the pure ecstasy of his reaction and the dressing room's, was perhaps his most cherished feat of all - a Test century that had been 17 years and 118 matches in the coming.

Less than a month after his 37th birthday, he received the ultimate honour when he was named India's Test captain for the home series against Pakistan. He went on to win the series, the first home triumph against Pakistan in 27 years, before playing a big role in holding the side together during the controversial series in Australia. He was also India's leading wicket-taker with 20 in the four Tests.
His form, however, slipped during the tour of Sri Lanka and there were calls for him to quit after a wicketless performance in the Bangalore Test against Australia. A shoulder injury added fuel to the fire and an upset Kumble reacted sharply, saying that he had it in him to continue for a while longer. However, he changed his mind during the Delhi Test and announced his retirement, fittingly at his favourite venue. He finished his career as the third-highest Test wicket-taker (619), behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.

Hope he will be busy with his own plans OR cricket academy OR coaching ,share his immense cricket experience with younger generations in coming days.

Any how all the best from all of us and wish him Good luck for his retired life..


: Anil Kumble with his wife & Children.