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Angadi bail Volunteers ....!!

What a journey................!!Kiran Pawar..Photos:Nima Parekh 

the beautiful western ghat forests, the fresh n cold water from the streams, the sun rise, the sun set, the fireflies, the fog, the star filled skies, the leeches, the baby king cobra, the fake leopard footprints, and all those beautiful birds. Appaji's maruti, Amma's hair therapy paste, our own little hut, the wooden logs we used for a bridge, the firewood chulha, the food we cooked, the kerosene lamps, the big black ants, the banana leaves, the people we met, the places we went, the waterfall, the rain, all the digging n shovelling, and most importantly, you guys. You guys, i love so much. who knew, such a bond could be made? Someone should write a song on this

Where do we go next?  i'm missing waking up at four am and blabbering aimlessly with whoever it was sleeping next to me.

Where are we heading to?
Just the last ten days I spent in a forest where human intervention is close to nil, and where nature…

Take me to the Ocean - Sea Route :

Shibumi trek -2                        Write up and Photos : by Poornima Travelling Sukumar                                             Volunteer at buDa folklore

Siddis of Karnataka and the Habshis from Abyssinia … -The Lost African Tribe

Siddi Dance-Damami Kunita from Karntaka siddis

The word 'habsi'.. Recently, I was talking  to a friend, Arun Chakarvarthi,  a senior police officer, who mentioned about “Habshi kote” in Bidar . The word “ habshi” stayed in my mind for a long time.  I started thinking  that I heard this word' habsi' somewhere else, too. It took me back to my childhood memories and the story started unfolding in front of me…. Who are these Habsis..? My hair was untidy,  entangled, and not combed.  My grandmother came with a  small brass pot  of oil  and  a comb and  was quick to remark “Habsi! Habsi”!  This was some 30 years back.  In my village near Ankola , “Habsi” was a term used to tease  girls when they didn’t keep their hair tidy.    I wondered where this word came from..? How and why did my grandmother and other village folk associate the word ‘Habsi’ with entangled hair . 

The Habsi God: I also recall my father mentioning about Habsi Devar…