Arpana H S

Musings of a Migrant…

H S Arpana is a journalist with 10 years of experience in Television Media and presently works as a freelance translator, voice over artist and writer. She was a bulletin producer with television channel ETV Kannada and has won awards for her short stories published popular regional dailies Kannada Prabha and Vijayavani. She also has had a brush with documentary film making for government projects.

 

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During my graduation days, one of our lecturers used to constantly coax us to converse in English. Our class mostly had students who had completed their primary and secondary education in Kannada medium. The main reason was that after PUC, most of the students who were from English medium schools had opted for engineering and medical courses.

I grew up in a place famous for its pilgrimage centre. Every year, our village used to host a popular, 5-day fair during the Kartika Masa. During this mega celebration, our small village would be overwhelmed with nearly one lakh pilgrims. This carnival gave us residents a chance to go out and witness the celebrations. But the occasion came with its own perils.

Remembering legendary cinematographer VK Murthy on his birth anniversary  

The inspiring story behind the rise of Nrupatunga group’s educational institutions in Hyderabad Kannada medium schools in Karnataka are vanishing rapidly, but in Hyderabad a Kannada school run by the Nrupatunga group has withstood the test of time. This is the inspiring story of Nrupatunga group of institutions. Knowing the history of this great institution, which began its journey in pre-independent India, is also an ideal way to acquaint oneself with the prominent Kannadigas of Nizam’s land. 

KCR created 21 new districts to appease everybody. But with no proper infrastructure in place, the new districts are riddled with problems

I think Hyderabad comes second to Mumbai when it comes to Ganesha Chathurthi celebrations. Over the years, the 11-day long festivities have become the biggest event of the city, with every nook and corner of Hyderabad flaunting big Ganesha Idols. Unlike other parts of India, Hyderabadis enjoy holiday not only on Ganesh Chauthi, but on immersion day, too. Centralised 'nimmajanam' usually held on the 11th day has become a massive event in the city. But this annual ritual of Hyderabad is facing many problems of late.

Last week, when the whole nation was celebrating PV Sindhu’s silver medal in the Olympics, all of a sudden a question erupted in my mind and I slowly drifted from celebration mode to musing mode. Why was the victory being seen as the victory of women and not as victory of an Indian athlete? Why do we attach the women tag to every achievement or failure if women are involved? Are we not supposed to have a gender-neutral approach here as well?

Have you ever wondered about the strangenessin connection between pearls and Hyderabad? The connection seems to be strange enough because the pearlcity Hyderabad is almost 350 km away from sea, which is the natural source of beautiful pearls.Well…Hyderabad doesn’t produce its own pearls. It sources pearls from outside, refines them, turns them into beautiful jewelries and markets them. The pearl trading in Hyderabad dates back to Nizam’s era.

Starting and nurturing a Kannada theatre group even inside Karnataka is not an easy job. And if a person is thinking of setting up a Kannada theatre group outside the state, just because the person is passionate about art and deeply cares for his language, the idea sounds crazy. But not for Karody Gundu Rao, who with his passion, dedication, and energy made an almost impossible task into a success story. Here is the story of Hyderabad’s Kannada theatre group ‘Kannada Natya Ranga’ and its founder Karody Gundu Rao.

When Karnataka was on fire over the Mahadayi Tribunal verdict, Telangana was trying to douse the fire in its Chief Minister’s constituency, which was lit almost 2 months back.

What explains the Telugu obsession with the US? Arpana Natraj tries to find out Telugites are mainly obsessed with three things: films, technical education, and the United States of America. Actually, the last two obsessions complement each other. Though our obsession with ‘foreign settled and foreign returned’ is quite evident, the love Telugu speakers have for the US is incomparable. Earlier, it was the Gujarati and Punjabi diaspora who were dominant in the US, but Telugus have caught up, especially in the last decade, thanks to IT revolution and engineering education.

It’s not just hoardings that are being blown away by strong monsoon winds in Hyderabad. Remember the national flag, one of the tallest in the country, hoisted to mark the second anniversary of the new state formation? Well, even the tricolour couldn’t withstand the fury of the winds, with the gigantic flag becoming the latest to join the list of items damaged due to strong winds.

Standing in the middle of the city, have you ever tried looking up at the sky? Instead of “a slice of the sky” you will get to see hoardings featuring advertisements of apartments, schools, jewellery showrooms, political leaders, and many more staring at you. It is very difficult to imagine a city sans hoardings. But Hyderabad has shown a way out. Flexis from all hoardings and unipoles have been pulled down by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), making Hyderabad a hoarding-free city.

Standing in the middle of the city, have you ever tried looking up at the sky? Instead of “a slice of the sky” you will get to see hoardings featuring advertisements of apartments, schools, jewellery showrooms, political leaders, and many more staring at you. It is very difficult to imagine a city sans hoardings. But Hyderabad has shown a way out. Flexis from all hoardings and unipoles have been pulled down by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), making Hyderabad a hoarding-free city.

Hyderabadis wait for Ramzan for two reasons. One is for the unmatchable shopping experience near old city and another is for the mouth-watering Haleem. Charminar and surrounding areas stop sleeping as the holy month commences and the shopping frenzy starts. And these outings are incomplete without tasting Hyderabad’s unique Haleem. Yes, Ramzan is the time when one is supposed to try get away from worldly desires, show restraint, and lean towards spirituality. But you can’t beat the festive mood during Ramzan and thus end up shopping, eating, and celebrating.

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