She is part of the Coorg trail too

We stopped at a Dargha enroute to Bhagamandala and it was closed as well..We were planning to leave, but this lady held us back. My friend Kamalee was quite enamored by her that she requested me to take this picture . She posed for us willingly, but our questions remained unanswered . The Kodava language is a mix of all South indian languages and it sounded more of a mix of Malayalam and Tamil. We tried talking in both, but the women shied away from answering us.


  1. Aaarti 1 July, 2008 at 12:46 Reply


    Thats an interesting shot of the dargah… whats this place called???

    Amazing pic of the lady.. we realised people are more than wiling to pose.. there was this kid, abt 4yrs old who posed n was smiling n standing still… 🙂

  2. indicaspecies 1 July, 2008 at 23:55 Reply

    You should tried speaking to her in Urdu. I am serious.:)

    There is a certain dialect of Urdu called Dakhni spoken by the southern Muslim settlers and if I am not mistaken, this woman’s facial features and jewellery style seems like those people who have probably spread out from Mysore to Coorg.

    How can I say this? For 2 reasons. Firstly, in my childhood in the New Mangalore Port town quarters, there was this lovely Muslim family from Mysore in our neighbourhood, with milky white skin and aristocratic features and they used to speak this sweet-sounding Dakhni Urdu dialect. We are still in touch with them. The old woman of that household used to wear similar jewellery. (The woman in this picture does not look posh though.)

    The Dakhni dialect is an amalgamation of various southern Indian languauges plus it includes Arabic, Persian and Turkish words. In Konkani, we used to refer to those people as ‘Turk-yanchie’ meaning a reference to people of Turkish origin.

    Secondly, I like to learn about languages. I can read, write, and speak 7 languages and that excludes Sanskrit that I learned in school.

    Phew! Long comment Lakshmi, apologies.

  3. Lakshmi 2 July, 2008 at 13:11 Reply

    David – Thank you so much..the lady had great poise..something about her ..

    Gopal,Indrani – Thanks ..I think I have started enjoying taking shots of local people

    Ropi -Its a dargha..

    Jeevan – yes, she did..thanks to her

    Anu – Yes, that would have been really nice, but I dont think she was in the mood

    Matt – I was there for three days in end April and again there last weekend..I too feel like the posts are not coming to an end

    Sukku – yes, it was..any bit of travelling is a great experience

    Aaarti – i really dont know much abt it..we saw it on the way and stopped by and no body told us anythg much abt it..travelling is a great way to learn new things and meet new people..I feel so fresh whenever I come back

    Celine – wow! you are quite a linguist..Im really honoured and i feel quite ashamed that I hardly know many languages ..however, I dont think dakhni would have worked..if im right, thats spoken in hyderabad and gulbarga and yes, some parts of mysore too..we heard her and other women talking in Malayalam or possibly Kodava which sounded like Malayalam and we spoke in that language…in fact they did reply to us in Malyalama when we asked when the dargha will open etc..I think she wasnt in a mood to talk much .

  4. indicaspecies 8 July, 2008 at 03:39 Reply


    Thanks. Then probably she was speaking probably in Mappila Malayalam or Beary language. I won’t go into more details on these two languages now to avoid another long comment.;)

    – celine

  5. Lakshmi 8 July, 2008 at 16:25 Reply

    pallavi- yes, we liked them too ..very ethnic

    Celine – I know a bit but would love to know more.your comments are always interesting and informative .pls feel free to write as much as you want..there is no word limit here 🙂

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