From my Childhood I have been fascinated by techniques of photography. During school and college days , I used a Yashica Rangefinder Camera. After That I used a Sony point & shoot Digital Camera.
Upon purchase of DSLR, which had a high price tag, very complex, heavy weight and big size, I used to shoot everything in auto mode, thinking that the camera will do all the work for me. To be honest I don’t even remember changing any camera settings, because I didn’t care. If a picture didn’t come out right, I used to blame the camera. Now that I know how to use a DSLR, I realized that it was me who didn’t know how to take pictures, not the camera. It was my learning appetite which made to familiar with ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Sunny 16 rule, Ev, 18% gray, Depth of field Calculation, Focal length, Metering, Bulb mode, etc.. Today I prefer to click in MANUAL mode. Thanks to photographylife.com, one of the best site for beginers.
Kodavas are inhabitants of Kodagu, a major district in Karnataka. We are called Kodavas and not Kannadigas.
On a average kodavas are fair and tall, unlike our Dravidian counterparts. The kodavas are a distinctive race of India known for their bravery since ages and are the only race in India that has been permitted to get hold of guns. Kodavas are fond of hockey. Pork is one of the main dish of our community.
We Kodavas, a dominant group, are very distinct in their facial features, customs and attire compared with the other south Indians. No one really knows the origin of ours but everyone knows and acknowledges that we are different. We are known for our courage, hospitality and stoicism.
All our festivals are associated with ancestors, nature, agriculture, and weapons.
We do not follow Hinduism and are independent of any other Hindu sect in customs relating to marriage, remarriage, festivals, worship, ceremonies, dialect and also dress. We do not observe the dowry system. We do not have brahmin priests in ceremonies like wedding. The elders of the community help in organising the ceremonies.
Coffee has played an important role in the economy of our community. I have studied through the manufacturing, processing, selling and pricing process of coffee. Some of my works are :
Link : Break Even Analysis
Link : Can we dictate the coffee prices
I have also done some study on Kodava origin, It really surprised me that most of our community doesn’t want to know our origin.
Link : Origin of Kodavas
Apart there are lot of things to be discussed with subjects like “Are we Kodavas or Hindus” and “Are we from Middle East” which is taboo in our community.
For more info on kodava culture, tradition, visiting places etc.. you can visit these below sites :
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