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Sum dog millionaire grabbed 4 Golden globe international film awards. A R Rehaman, most favourite music director of India become first Indian to win that award. As everybody thought i also accepted it as a crown for India. Later I realised it is completely a myth. What is there in this movie which will distinguish from a normal bollywood movie? It has successfully pictured India as a country of slum, beggars and prostitutes. It has become an international trend. If somebody pictures eastern countries as slums, they will get award. Even white tiger is an example of this. I can bet, this Slumdog is not at all comparable with Taare jameen par or Lagaan.

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It is very strange festival you can enjoy on the day of Moharam in Bankikodla, a place near the world famous beach and sacred place of Hindus Gokarna in Karnataka. It is a common to any other festival in celebration, but it catches your eyes when you see both the Hindus and Muslims participate in the festival.

This is called Alladi or Habsi festival. There is also a story behind this festival which my granny narrates like follows. There was a Hindu lady called Habsi was there once upon a time. She fell in love with a Muslim man and both married with the opposition of both sides and Habsi became Fatima. She was happy in her own world of two children and her husband. One day, on the call the king, her husband went to battlefield. She waited for a long time for his return. The frightened lady sent her children in search of her husband. She got the message that her children had found their father. She started to battlefield with complete joy. But the scene there was completely different. She saw the dead bodies of her children and husband. This festival is to convey salute to the lady who sacrificed her lovely husband and children.

There is a small temple for Habsi. People donate silver hands to this goddess. During Moharam they also walk on the fire. They believe it has power to solve their problem. Whatever these may be, but it has power in building communal friendship.

Shawige – Indian Noodle!!

We are Havyakas, one of the various type of Brahmans (I don’t want to spoil it as Brahmins), ethnic of Uttara Kannada, Shimoga and near by parts of Karnataka. We speak unique language Havyaka Kannada, which hears like Old Kannada at the age of Pampa, Ranna etc. Likewise we have number of unique and special vegetarian foods. We prepare different food for each festival. Holige for Deepawali(deewali), Chakkali(called as murku in Kerala) for Ganesha Festival, Shawige for Noolu Hunnime or Raksha Bhandhan, the day when we change our sacred threads or Janivaar.

Our grandmas never tasted Chinese noodle! Some of them never heard of that! But they prepare Shawige exactly similar to noodles. The Shawige which I’m telling about is not that dried shawige available in the market, usually used for Kheer or Pulaaw. It is made up of rise and some masala items like jeera, hence which tastes better than noodles. It tastes better with coconut chutney or thick Sambar than noodle with sauce.

But we are Indians!! We like and love all other things which is not Indian. That is why we like more noodle than shawige, because the name noodle is not Indian!!