TIT BITS ABOUT HAKKI PIKKI


TIT BITS ABOUT HAKKI PIKKI
My last post was about Green Chikki and those who read that could be pardoned for assuming that this post about Hakki Pikki is a sequel to Green Chikki! But it is not!
If you were to be a relatively new recruit and posted at Bengaluru Immigration at the International Airport, it is likely that you could have had the following conversation with an international passenger.
YOU: Name please
PASSENGER : Mysore Pak
YOU: I am asking for your name, not what is your favourite sweet
PASSENGER : That is my name!
You become slightly irritated, but when you look at his passport, his name is indeed Mysore Pak. To save face, you smile and ask him, “Who is the person holding your hand?”
“He is my cousin”, and turning around, he tells the other person, “Tell this Uncle your name”
The other man in his twenties, gives a smile and says, “High Court”.
And you look at his passport and his name is High Court! You immediately want to take a break and visit the wash room!!!
High Court and Mysore Pak are two members of the about 15,000 strong Hakki Pikki tribe, one settlement of whose is a little distance away from Bannergatta in the South of Bangalore. Evicted from the forests in which they had stayed for a long time, this community of tribals used to make a living by catching and selling birds. Hence their name Hakki ( bird in Kannada) Pikki ( to catch in Kannada).
The names of the children would be after whatever first caught the parents’ eyes soon after the birth and hence those seemingly funny names! The Hakki Pikki tribals are great entrepreneurs and world travellers for their business in trading in oils, which they harvest from the herbs and roots in the forest. Oils which have wide variety of therapeutic applications.. And sold in Africa, UK, Malaysia, Dubai!
What caught my attention about this tribe was a news item in yesterday’s newspaper about a chartered flight two days back (June 21st) from Johannesburg to bring back stranded Indians on an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Hyderabad. And there are 15 Hakki Pikki members on that flight!!

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About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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