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Arivina Alegalu 2012 released

Arivina Alegalu sees its second release on August 15th as expected. You can now download the book from project page (   10 articles from enthusiasts have participated in our program to spread the waves of Knowledge for Common Man.

2012 release saw a change in the subjects that were covered. We have articles talking about nature, science, society, community, hacking, technology and our favorite subject FOSS.

“Arivina Alegalu” is now available on Android phones and Tablets. Don’t forget to download them via Google Play!

Cover Images were contributed by Pavithra and Mansore ( gives it a pleasant look.

Senior Journalist and writer Shri Chamaraj Savadi writes forward for the issue and encourages new writers to continue writing.

E-Book is released under Creative Commons. So go ahead, read, share and distribute….

You’re also welcome to write articles to Arivina Alegalu to spread your knowledge to other Kannadiga’s.


Report: Kannada Wikipedia Meetup -1

We started meetups around   on 12th January, 2012. We celebrated Wiki 11 with a long awaited meetup session. 9 people turned up Including Mr. Arjun Rao chavla.  ’s small little corner turned out to be a hot discussion point in few minutes. As we had few new editors around us, Introduction was given on how and why wikipedia can be the best platform to start sharing knowledge. Naveen and Prabhodh had joined us from FSMK to share their commitment to work with Wikipedia, and also explained why they would look for support groups to work on these projects. Naveen explained how support groups can help us grow steadily.
Discussion continued around topics like 1. Complaints that we hear about Kannada wikipedia 2. Why we don’t see regular editors 3. Support groups for those who seek help 4. Unattended support requests 5. Unavailable community around wikipedia to welcome and greet new editors 6. Why should new editors find Wikipedia Interesting 7. How build the community to be more active in terms of building the missing support team 7. Special projects that we can take up to make things Interesting around Kannada Wikipedia 8. Personal experiences about editing wiki  9. How we can prepare ourselves to better Kannada wiki state by July 12th on which we will be celebrating our 9th anniversary and so on.
Abhiram from Sanskrit wiki joined us to explain why he hopped in to Kannada wikipedia and started helping people around it and how Sanskrit  community working at present.
While Naveen and Prabhod mentioned about their monthly magazine for FSMK not seeing enough articles from the FOSS community, I got an instant idea of creating interest in people around us to work on a specific topic for the month and collate and contribute that to Kannada wikipedia and make it available / reachable to magazine readers. This can go along with a story on how the community could go ahead and use Wikipedia to build a detailed document to feature on its Magazine. This will inspire not only techies but also those who read the magazine to start contributing.
Shalini, Pradeep who work at Serverlots on a research project called Alipi ( which is a re-narration project of the hub understood how wikipedia works and new possibilities of reaching out to community.
Raghavendra, a linguist & a journalist joined the meetup happily to understand how he can help us better quality of Articles contributed by Google Translation team in which he had worked earlier.
Arjun shared his learnings from Telugu wikipedia and encouraged us to find the new possibilities to engage more people on Kannada Wikipedia.
We were expecting Thejesh GN who was found to be the first Kannada Wiki editor in early days of Kannada wikipedia, but unfortunately he couldn’t make it for the event. Wish to meet him in upcoming meetups along with others who missed it.
Before i close this report: Here is something that we had to talk about during our meetup.
A mail that I received from one of our top most Kannada wiki contributor Mr. Holalkere Lakshmi venkatesh. On request to reach out to wikipedian’s during our first meetup, he had sent an email about Kannada wikipedia from Mumbai. Kannada wikipedia’s present state and how he wishes to to see in future could be found in his email.  I’m sharing it here along with this email for all to see the.
Here are some of my wishes about how Kannada Wikipedia should proceed in the coming years !
The truths about kannada wikipedia :
We were sleeping almost from centuries, with out improving our mother tounge, keeping in view of some totally unrealistic goals. Even when we watch some kannada programmes on Chandana, the Anchor will be narrating the events, etc; in high language, with lots of adjuctives added to it, more than it deserves. Every thing is superficial non realistic and almost not practical for the present day situation.
Let us start, from here.
What is our role ?
kannada is rich, we hear. But is it true ? yes and no. Provided if we contribute a bit to its growth. We are supposed to read a lot to enrich our knowledge and later find some words new, or borrow some from some where, and see whether it fits to the context.
Pro. G. T. Narayana rao, T.R.Anantharamu, Pro. HRRRao, Dr. Pavanaja, Hegde, and others so many of them have been doing a great job in finding some equivalent Scientific words for the writers.  We have to be in costant touch of their work. Later some thing we have to contribute.
This is not easy. First let us contribute some articles in kannda wikipedia. They can be biographies, and about the people next door who are doing some good work, they might not have Ph.Ds or M.Techs added to the end of their names. Doesn’t matter. We have to  read them throughly.
What we do when we get a doubt about some word or place or name ? Refer Dictionary, or Encyclopedia, or ask some one . Right ?
But just a click distance we have the entire world is unfolded infront of us- free of charge.
Why not use it ?
Here the English wikipedia comes to our mind immediately.  It is well developed and has real wealth of information. That is well managed by competent people with dedication hard work, with upto date information  and love for the language. That is how it is treated as a full enclyclopedia.
In Kannada, and many of our regional languages, we do not have one. Why ?
We are not striving hard to have one. Create one.
We do not love our mother tongue. We won’t read kannada literature. We do not contribute to it. Earlier days during our time, letter writing was there. But that great art has gone to dust bin; and our skill in writing a good sentence,  or narrating  a story to our own children has a back seet, and the Idiot box has taken over that place !  We are struggling with SMS language skill.
That is part of history. What we have been facing from our childhood days to this day.
So, no one has tobe blamed.
We are the makers and destroyers of our own follies.
Let us add something to the already existing articles.
Just like in English enclyopedia, we have to develop on the same lines. Gradually we can go stronger by innovating it.
The new generation boys and girls are having lots of skills as for Computer technology and skill in making the things much faster than the old timers. This plus point should be encashed.
Unless you have kannda knowledge you can not make a good article. We have appropriate words to match the English words. Only way is bring the english words as they are in kannada, and try to borrow words from hindi, urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali etc; they can borrow some from kannada.
Rest is when one starts writing in wikipedia one explores the necessity of finding the new ways and avenues !
Good luck and have a nice time.
I am a blogger. That way, I could improve my language skills.
When an old timer (68), with out the Computer skills whatsoever,  can make some thing in wikipedia,  you can do wonders !
Wish you best of luck,
My real name is :
(ಹೊಳಲ್ಕೆರೆ ರಂಗರಾವ್ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್)
ನನ್ನ ತಾಯಿಯವರ ಹೆಸರು : ರಾಧಮ್ಮ ಮತ್ತು ತಂದೆಯವರ ಹೆಸರು : ರಂಗರಾಯರು.
I use the following names while writing in Wikipedia.
-Radhatanaya(Purely for kannada wikipedia articles)
-Rangakuvara(Use this name when I write for English wikipedia, some articles have been written in kannada also)
Wiki meetup page is available here:- :/೧ – ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ
It was fun, interesting and there was much sharing… Wish to see more of this with growing Kannada Wikipedia!

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Makara Sankranti Wishes 2012

Sankranti Wishes 2012

ಛಾಯಾಗ್ರಹಣ – ಪವಿತ್ರ ಎಚ್ .(
Via Flickr:
Makara of harvesting –

Image for this greeting in is contributed my wife @pavithra.chihan ;) thanks dear…

After all that hardwork, now we see the grain in storage and it gives us enough food to lead life for next year – hence we rejoice

Its a day to take rest for those who sweat in fields taking care of each and every seed they sow – hence we rejoice

The sun laughs at us and takes a turn to bring a new start after bringing extreme changes in climates such as heat and rain – hence we rejoice

Lots of sweets called huggi and its a festival / Suggi , we decorate animals who worked hard in fields, we spend the day playing day and night – hence we rejoice…

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Clean and Tidy in K.R Market Subway

It was a clean and chilly Sunday. Both of us were kinda determined to get up early on our feet and go shopping in . The idea was to fill in all flour vases that we had got as a gift since we both got married and the year of such a big event in our life is coming to an end.

Though the outlook at K.R Market is bizarre with the smell that makes you run away from that place from a mile away, traffic that scares not only those little ones but the dons too, it has something that brings in people closer to this place.

Early mornings, the place is worshiped by the farmers, florists, buyers like you and me, merchants, shop keepers, home makers, tea boy’s and many others. The   area smells Jasmines, Roses,  Sunganda raja and more opens your nose with their fragrance. Gerbera, lilies smile at you. Soon after 8:30 they don’t want to get sun burns so they run away from the street So before  that you might want to buy them to decorate your sweet homes. They cost you little compared to your flora shops for sure. At times we have bought big bunch of roses for Rs 10.

The market continues to be crowded through out the day with shops opening up by 10AM all around the place and the so famous just attached to it. Bicycles to electronics to  Computer Chips along with small shops to sell potato chips and Sugar cane juice. Keep distance and park your car’s away to get nearer to buy the little toys that you’re searching for.

Wait… did you try crossing the road in between to reach Kamath to have a hot cup of tea? Be careful! you might end up spending 5 – 10 mins.  Look around and you might find a

They scare us away for sure. Many such subways are left unused like haunted places all around . Some are not maintained and some are flooded and few more are locked.  I was standing in the middle of the road on Sunday to get into the ATM for which I had already walked more than a kilo meter. Took nearly 5 mins early in the morning. While I head back, I stopped and thought of using the scary little subway which I avoided using. This time I enquired myself and asked why I’m backing off. Thought of some dangerous creatures which I might meet out there and some nasty adventurous nostalgic tour to torment land. Slow and steady I walked down the steps and found none using that subway.  Was more suspicious to continue with it but took a step forward and reached the pathway. To my surprise….

It was all empty, clean and tidy! Nothing that scared me but was amazed to see such a neat subway just close to the place which smells the gutter most of the time.

We always run away from using public facilities such as subways, sky walk’s etc because of

1. Ease of use

2. Non-Maintenance (BBMP for Clean Bangalore)

3. Security reasons (BESCOM to be blamed for dark shows at night etc)

but the above said subway, puts a question in my mind to re-think our allegations. Why don’t we try using them once and secondly, ask/question the authorities to clean them if you really want to use it. We are not loosing a penny extra for it. Again, why can’t we see a clean and tidy K.R Market in BBMP’s Clean Bangaluru?

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#bcb10 – Localization Efforts for Sharing Knowledge

Did you ever dream of landing in an alien land or being treated as one in your own land? I had little such thoughts way back in time and that had made me start writing about my learning’s about technology, life etc in . Today I got a chance to share my work with enthusiasts at Barcamp Bangalore 10.

Thanks barcamp for the opportunity.

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Rule – O – Rules

BMTC, a government run organization here in Bangalore. I get to see BMTC buses slipping through a busy one-way in “Langford Road” almost all the days. This is a very common view for many commuters on this way to Hosur main road. I don’t see any police officer stopping them. Its bit irritating as we […]

Unexpected great loss

Yesterday it was an another shocking day for Kannadiga’s when they heard about the death of Saahasa Simha Dr. Vishnuvardhan. An another great actor ends his journey of life and fills in sorrow in the hearts of his fans across Karnataka.

Though I was bit hesitant to be on road, went out to see if I could get a glimpse of the star hero. While driving towards Basavanagudi, I was humming many of his movie songs being played on various FM channels. Recalled my childhood days where in I used to watch “ChitrageethegaLu (Flim Songs)” on every Friday evenings at 7pm on DD-1 Chandana and used to wait for songs from “Nagarahavu“, Bandana, Muttina haara and few other favorites of Vishnu.I have many of his movies on TV long long ago but still those dialogues etc ring in my ears and in last two years have seen some of his new movies in theater (Mathad Mathad Mallige is one which I liked much recently).

From the Movie Nagarahaavu, Directed by Puttanna Kanagal

Pala captures the day through his cam and I tried capturing some with my HTC though.. Here is a link for Pala’s album

Picture by Pala: Protest? against what?

I didn’t find it quite possible to get near by and my self and pala have been lucky to get away from the place where in the mob had burnt vehicles etc yesterday evening. People climbing buildings to through the long running queues and authorities pushing the men away to control the crowd and that recalls what had happened when Dr. Rajkumar passed away and everything came to stand still. Please people stay put from such activities atleast while we pay our last tributes to our own stars. This is not the way to end an year and not the way to say good bye to your hero.

Rest in peace Vishnu…


Wikipedia: English Kannada