My times in Orrisa

Vijay ( has written a wonderful article ‘On Being Oriya‘ exploring his identity on being a Oriya (People from the India state – Orrisa)! Oriya is actually pronounced ‘oDiya’

A good read .. written with a humourous as well as satiric tone 🙂 Great job Vijay.

I happened to spend my formative years in the land of Orrisa. In Cuttack till 1st grade, and till 3rd grade in Bhubaneshwar. (I hope I got the spelling right!)

Just to summarise my thoughts (they are more than two decades old). I loved them and cherished them. I used to spead Oriya sometime then but have lost the tongue due to lack of practice. But can still understand the language 60%. We (my family) have a close friend who are from Orissa. And I also had a roomate in Berkeley who came from Orissa.

I love whatever I remember of! Guess I was very innocent then 🙂 Their culture is cool. Architecture great. Some cities to see are Lord Jaggannath in Puri and the Sun Temple in Konnark. The Odissi Dance. Yes, I feel sad when the state keeps coming in the news every other time because of either a ‘Drought’ or ‘Flooding’. I hear from my room mate that corruption is rampant.

I plan to go on a photographic tour in the winter this year to Puri and Konark – I hope it materializes! I have lots more to add – but will leave you folks with some pictures from the past … when I was in Orissa


Published by: vinu

My life - BREESY! :-) :D Beautiful Random Enjoyable Eventful Simple Yellow Places I have lived (chronological): (country) (- state) (-- city) India - (Orissa) -- Cuttack (2yrs) -- Bhubaneshwar (3yrs) - (Maharastra) -- Bombay/Mumbai (8 + 1 yrs) - (TamilNadu) -- Madras/Chennai (6 yrs) - (Pondicherry) (1 yr) United States - (California) -- Berkeley (3 yrs) Education : IIT Madras 02, UC Berkeley 05 Work Experience: Mechanical Engineer at FORD Motor Company, India; Management Trainee at Datamatics Technologies Ltd.; Wireless Programmer at TeleCommunication Systems Inc. Passions (currently as of Dec 2005): Family, Media (visual / audio), Mobile Systems, Internet, Design Interests: Music, Movies, Photography, Enjoying nature, Playing Violin, Graphics, Business / Entrepreneurship / Managments, Spirituality, Design, Technology, Mobile / Wireless

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