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Childhood Memories in Mangalore
#Mangalore is an Arabian Sea port in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Tannirbhavi #Beach is popular for its sunset views and for surfing. However the real reason you should visit is for a taste of true Indian #culture! From the Dasara festival to car festivals and more....have fun! This story was written as an entry to the #goMowgli campaign for #TheBestTravelJob.
All through my childhood, my father would tell us stories of Mangalore - a city situated along the Konkan coast; where he was born and raised. I grew up listening to these stories and some of them have remained etched in my memory forever.
Once he had described to us how teenagers would paint their bodies like tigers, panthers, leopards & cheetahs during the Dasara festival. Groups of them would go around town dancing to the beat of drums. It was a custom unique to this place. People would invite them to their homes and would enjoy watching a performance by them.
Once he had described to us how teenagers would paint their bodies like tigers, panthers, leopards & cheetahs during the Dasara festival
At the end, the group would be paid a small amount for the ‘Tamasha’. My father would describe how these little boys had to sleep on leaves for 4-5 days during this period. It was a big thing in those days, a source of livelihood for many families. I remember seeing this once when I had visited Mangalore in my childhood. That was about 4 decades ago….
In the present era, when there are other kinds of entertainment available; I thought this custom must have been outdated and so must have died a natural death. Nowadays, Mangalore is more known for the car festival held in the months of January and February each year – this is Mangalore’s USP and one has to see this to believe this. Practically the whole of Mangalore converges at Car Street. Kitchens are shut for three days. Women are bedecked in all finery. It is a treat to the eyes.
Nowadays, Mangalore is more known for the car festival held in the months of January and February each year
But this time when I was there, I was in for a pleasant surprise. Three weeks back, I happened to be in Mangalore for Dasara for a day. Within earshot, I heard the beats of the familiar drums that were imprinted in my mind eons ago. All of a sudden, I rushed to the balcony and lo!!! I see a group of boys painted like animals passing by.
That afternoon, as I was walked to the market, I spotted these boys having their lunch. I requested them to pose for a few pics to which they readily obliged. Soon, I sent the pics on whatsapp to my brother in Mumbai and requested him to show it to my dad. As my dad saw the pics, a wave of nostalgia ripped through him remembering his childhood days in Mangalore. Now I understand the meaning of the phrase ‘Mitthi ki khushboo’ (fragrance of my native earth) in Hindi. Just felt so happy to see the glow light up my father’s face, all thanks to technology that makes sharing instant.
Mangalore is also a gastronomical delight. It is on the coast and is known for the coastal cuisine – do not miss the Ghee Roast, Cori Rotti, Neer Dosa . And top it up with some ice-cream at Pabbas.
For the more adventurous ones, there is surfing at Mulki, which is around 30 kms from Mangalore.
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The The surfing Swami found this ashram and this is one place where the famous South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes had visited for some wave time. Mangalore is rightly called the land of plenty – there is no dearth of anything.
Mangalore is rightly called the land of plenty – there is no dearth of anything
Truly it is God’s only abode.