Book Review: ‘Coorg Stories and Essays’ by C.P. Belliappa

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Book Title: Coorg Stories and Essays
Author: C.P. Belliappa
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Number of Pages: 264
ISBN: 978-9357021852
Date Published: Apr. 05, 2023
Price: INR 309

Coorg Stories and Essays by C.P. Belliappa

Book Review

The book “Coorg Stories and Essays” by C.P. Belliappa offers a unique perspective on life and culture in Coorg, a region in the Indian state of Karnataka. Belliappa, a Coorg native, draws on his personal experiences to provide a detailed portrayal of the district’s people, creatures, and customs. The book includes a variety of historical tales, folklore, and stories enriched by vivid illustrations. The author also covers various topics, including Coorg’s past, agriculture, festivals, dances, attire, and literary heritage. Throughout the book, Belliappa’s deep love for Coorg is evident in his beautiful writing.

In addition to “Coorg Stories and Essays,” Belliappa has also written “Victoria Gowramma: The Lost Princess of Coorg,” a fascinating novel that explores the story of Veeraraje Veerarajendra and his daughter Gowramma, the earliest Indian royals to reside in Victorian England. The book provides a detailed account of their motivations and challenges while living in England. Belliappa’s use of unpublished information makes this a must-read for anyone interested in Indian history or Victorian England.

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Overall, “Coorg Stories and Essays” is an excellent book that provides an in-depth look at Coorg’s culture, history, and customs. Belliappa’s writing is informative and engaging, making it a fantastic read for anyone interested in learning more about this beautiful region of India.

The book review was first published in Storizen Magazine April 2023 Issue.