Milk feeding by Kannadamma!


Those were my high school days… we had been to Hyderabad on educational trip. When we reached the city, it was already a time of mid-night. We were awaken by our teachers at 5 o’clock in the morning. We got ready by 6 o’clock. But some of our friends were still busy with the preparations. I felt like to have some hot breweries.

Just I come out of the lodge with our teachers’ permission. There was a hotel infront of me. One of my friends Devappa, who was already sitting in the hotel, called me to have a cup of coffee. I followed his voice and crossed the road, which was just getting ready to tolerate the crowd of vehicles. Banni Mr.Menasinakai avare (wel-come Mr. Menasinakai!)… a wel-come by the person, who was sitting on the cash-box of the hotel!

I wondered! Because we did not heard Kannada since six days of our trip! “how did you come to know my surname?”-I asked him. He said-“just now I heard your friend, calling you as Menasinakai !” But my wonder was about his Kannada knowledge. He introduced him self as he is Rajesh, hails from Raichur. He asked about my surname which means chilly.

Afterwards we ordered for a coffee for Devappa and a milk for me, as I don’t consume tea or coffee! Then we went to the cash-box to pay the bill. But that person denied to take the money from us and said-“it is my pleasure to serve the Kannadigas, you have made my ears happy by speaking our mother tongue Kannada! So please don’t..”

I fell-down in dilemma. My friend Devappa said-“if the case is so, we would have ordered for heavy break-fast!”. But I closed my eyes and submitted thanks to the great Kannadamma!

till today when ever I think of my mother tongue, Rajyotsava, trip out side the state I will recall this incident.

Jai Kannadamma!

–Sangamesh Menasinakai

(note: unedited version, it was published in Sunday supplement of DECCAN HERALD dtd 31-12-2006)


4 Responses to “Milk feeding by Kannadamma!”

  1. harish Says:


    ಇದನ್ನೇ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದರೆ ಇನ್ನೂ ಚೆನ್ನ…

    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬ್ಲಾಗನ್ನು ಕಾಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ

    ಹರೀಶ ಮಾಂಬಾಡಿ

  2. harish Says:


    ಇದನ್ನೇ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದರೆ ಇನ್ನೂ ಚೆನ್ನ…

    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬ್ಲಾಗನ್ನು ಕಾಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ

    ಹರೀಶ ಮಾಂಬಾಡಿ

  3. shweta koti Says:

    namaskara!i read ur articles,they were so nice.i liked the article,’milk feeding by kannadamma’ very much.go ahead and write more articles…that u can print a book..all the best!!!!! bye tata…

  4. Manish Khapare Says:

    Sangamesh avre,
    nimma lekhana odi tumba santoshwaitu.
    ekendre ie lekhan suspashta mattu bahala saralwagi manassige muttuttade.

    Nanu obba kannadiga.. andre nanna matrubhashe kannadwalla, nanna pitrubhashe kannada. nanna matrubhashe marathi.

    nanu kel kaaladvarege naukridaseindagi west bengal, orissa, bihar, punjab, haryana aadi rajyagalalli suttuv prasangvittu. aaga aararu tingalu kannada bhashe kelalu sigta iralilla. bhashe bidi sir.. kannada cinema hadannadru kelona endu manasadre adu illawagittu.
    aa kaaldalli elli intha internet saulabhya..? mobile kooda iralilla.
    karnatakakke phone hachchabekadre ratri 11 gantevarege kadu, STD phone Q dalli hachchuttidde.. STD line kooda sari sigtirlilla.
    kannada matu endare kewal patralekhan mukhantarvittu..!

    sari, nimma lekhana odi nanu adanella nenapisikolluvantaytu.

    Ha ha .. baredidakke tumba dhanyawadgalu.

    -manish ph:9379066623

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