Sampige Samachara
March 2009

Sampige Spotlight

If you attended the Valentine's Day Party recently, you must have been amazed by the speed with which this domesticated husband neatly folded a very unwieldy saree in the fastest time. The men wondered if he moon-shined as a saree showroom salesman. The women wondered if he was the perfect husband who neatly folded and stacked away his wife's sarees. They can keep wondering but this young man's eclectic tastes include cooking and acting in mimes and his greed for speed comes from being a marathon runner.

This month Sampige introduces you to Shrinivasa and Deepa Adiga.  Shrinivasa comes from a village called Halady of Udupi District. He did initial schooling at his native village and then did BE at Davangere. He graduated in 1998-99. After his graduation he joined the IT industry. His work assignments took him to countries like UK, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, and Malaysia. Currently he is working for Wipro Technologies. He came to Raleigh last August when was assigned to manage a project at GSK.

His hobbies include running, cricket, cooking, and acting in mimes.  He was part of the runners club of Sri Chinmoy Meditation Ashram at Geneva Switzerland, and member of ‘Runners for Life Club’ in Bangalore. He has participated in Wipro Marathon and Sunfeast Bangalore Marathon. At times, to beat the Bangalore traffic he prefers walking 10 KM back home from MG Road. He enjoys reading when alone.

Incidentally Deepa is also originally from a place called Halladi, around 5KM from my native. She did her post graduation on computers from Madurai Kamaraj University.  She lived in Mysore, Delhi and Mumbai. Her husband says with a straight face that she loves experimenting with cooking (caveat eater ?).  Deepa also likes interior decoration and playing with kids.

They both love traveling, exploring new places and trying out different food (of course, someone's got to eat all that experimental food).

They have a daughter named Aadya, aged around 20 months old, She loves singing rhymes and enjoys running and dancing with other kids.

Kagga Column

ಇಳೆಯಿಂದ ಮೊಳಕೆಯೊಗೆವಂದು ತಮಟೆಗಳಿಲ್ಲ ।
ಫಲ ಮಾಗುವಂದು ತುತ್ತೂರಿ ದನಿಯಿಲ್ಲ ।।
ಬೆಳಕೀವ ಸೂರ್ಯಚಂದ್ರರದೊಂದು ಸದ್ದಿಲ್ಲ ।
ಹೊಲಿ ನಿನ್ನ ತುಟಿಗಳನು ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ।।
iLeyiMda moLakeyogevaMdu tamaTegaLilla |
Pala mAguvaMdu tuttUri daniyilla ||
beLakIva sUryacaMdraradoMdu saddilla |
holi ninna tuTigaLanu maMkutimma ||

A new plant springs from the seed without a drumroll.
A flower ripens into a fruit without any trumpet call.
The sun and the moon shine without any fanfare.
Brag not, seal your lips --Mankuthimma

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕಿರುನೋಟಗಳು  (Glimpses of Karnataka)

Karnataka: A historical timeline

(courtesy: Kamat's Potpourri)
Period Dynasty Important Kings

Early years Satavahanas Seemukha
325 A.D.- 540 A.D. Kadambas of Banavasi Mayurasharma
325 A.D.- 999 A.D. Gangas of Talkad Avinita
500 A.D. - 757 A.D. Chalukyas of Badami Mangalesha
Pulakeshi II
757 A.D. - 973 A.D. Rashrakootas Krishna I
Govinda III
Nripatunga I
973 A.D. - 1198 A.D. Chalukyas of Kalyan Vikramaditya VI
1198 A.D. - 1312 A.D. Yadavas of Devagiri Singahana II
1000 A.D. - 1346 A.D. Hoysalas Vishnuvardhana
Ballala II
1336 A.D. - 1565 A.D. Vijayanagar Kings Devaraya II
1347 A.D. - 1527 A.D. Bahamani Kings Mohammed Shah I
Modammed Shah II
1490 A.D. - 1686 A.D. Sultans of Bijapur Yusuf Adil Khan
Ibrahim Adil Shah II
1500 A.D. - 1763 A.D. Nayakas of Keladi Shivappa Nayaka
Queen Chennamma
1399 A.D. - 1761 A.D. Wodeyars of Mysore Ranadheera Kanthirava
1761 A.D. - 1799 A.D. Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan Hyder Ali
Tipu Sultan
1800 A.D. Division of Karnataka: But for old Mysore, Karnataka was shared among the Bombay and Madras presidencies belonging to the British, the Marathas and the Nizam of Hyderabad.
1800 A.D. - 1831 A.D. Wodeyars of Mysore Krishnaraj Wodeyar III
1831 A.D. - 1881 A.D. British Empire British Commissioners
1881 A.D. - 1950 A.D. Wodeyars of Mysore Krishnaraj Wodeyar IV
Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar
1956 Present day Karnataka is formed.

Ruchi Recipes

Oatlet (winner: Appetizer category. Valentine's Day Party. Feb 2009)

Contributor: Sadanand Patil

Time to prepare: 30 mins

Skill Level :
N/A (if you can read this recipe).


  • 2 cup diced (small) vegetables - (Onion, Carrot, Cauliflower, Green beans, Peas)
  • Ginger ½ inch, Garlic 3 cloves, Green Chillies (5), Mint (optional): - Grind to Paste
  • Red chilli powder – ½ tbsp
  • Dhania powder – ½ tbsp
  • Jeera powder – ¼ tbsp
  • Garam masala – ¼ tsp
  • Corn flour – 2 tbsp
  • Olive oil  - 1 tsp and for shallow fry only
  • Oat – 1 ½ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Water – 1 cup

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Heat 1 tsp. of the oil in a pan; Add jeera and wait till it splitters; Add onions and fry for 2 minutes.
  2. Add other vegetables (carrot, cauliflower, green beans, peas) and fry for 5 minutes.
  3. Add ginger, garlic, green chillies and mint paste and fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Add red chilli powder, dhania powder, jeera powder, garam masala and fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add salt to taste and make sure vegetables are cooked.
  6. Add 1 cup of water to 1 ½ cup of OAT and microwave for 1 minute OR till OAT is softly cooked.
  7. Roughly mash the vegetable mix; add cooked OAT and mix well. Add salt for taste if needed.
  8. Make into small patties; Dip them in a corn flour; Shallow fry until golden brown.
  9. Serve hot with Ketchup or Green Chutney.

ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿಯಿರಿ (Learn Kannada)

In the last issue of Sampige Samachara, we learned about the 14 vowels and 35 consonants. In this issue we'll see how the vowels and consonants mix to form words. But first let's see how this happens in the English language. This will hopefully help us get a better understanding of Kannada.

In English, there are are just 5 vowels. So special rules are needed to sound the short vowel and long vowel. For example, the U makes the short vowel sound in the word cut and makes the long vowel sound in the word cute. The special rule here is that when the word ends in the letter "e", the vowel preceding it makes the long vowel sound.

The most important thing to remember when blending consonants with vowels in Kannada is that the consonant undergoes a slight change in the script. This is unlike English. For example,  ಕ್  +  ಅ = ಕ.  (sound C makes + sound U makes = sound  Cu makes, as in Cut).

Here are the vowels again -

This is what happens when the consonant  ಕ್  blends with each one of the above vowels

 Bag  b + a + g = bag
 ಬ್ + ಯ್ + + ಗ್ = ಬ್ಯಾಗ್
 Bake  b + a + k + e = bake  ಬ್ + + ಕ್ = ಬೇಕ್
 Beg  b + e + g = beg
 ಬ್ + + ಗ್ = ಬೆಗ್
 Big  b + i + g = big
 ಬ್ + + ಗ್ = ಬಿಗ್
 Bite  b + i + t + e = bite
 ಬ್ + + ಟ್ = ಬೈಟ್
 Bog  b + o + g = bog
 ಬ್ + + ಗ್ = ಬಾಗ್
 Bore  b + o + r + e = bore
 ಬ್ + + ರ್ = ಬೋರ್
 Bug  b + u + g = bug
 ಬ್ + + ಗ್ = ಗ್
 Duke  d + u + k + e = duke
 ಡ್ + ಯ್ + + ಕ್ = ಡ್ಯೂಕ್

Notice how the consonant ಬ್ (makes the sound that B makes) changes script in the 3rd column above (shown in red block).

In the square below, the very first alphabet (ಅ) pops up the other 13 vowels. The rest of the boxes are consonants. Place your mouse on each box to see the transformation that the consonant in that box undergoes when it blends with any of the 13 vowels.

ಲೇಖಕ್ Lines

The Things That Make Me Say Wow

There are so many things that make me say Wow!
Like seeing a building taller than a mountain!
Or seeing a bee as large as my pinky!
Or even a puppy that’s so cute!
Those are the things that make me say wow!

Or even a swing set as large as an apple tree
Or Even a mop spinning like a top!
Those are the things that make me say Wow!

Sometimes the birds make me say Wow!
Or even a cat that’s on top of a hat!
Trees and bushes that blossom with cherries and grapes
All those things make me say Wow!

Sanjana G. Tharuvesanchi
2nd Grade
Baucom Elementary School

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