P. T. Bopanna

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Palanganda Thimmaiah Bopanna
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Born (1950-06-30) 30 June 1950 (age 68)
Notable worksDiscover Coorg (2006, Prism Books)

Palanganda T. Bopanna (born 30 June 1950) is an author and journalist from Kodagu (Coorg) in Karnataka, India. Bopanna has worked for some of the leading Indian English dailies, including The Times of India, Bangalore, for 12 years (Principal Correspondent), and The Pioneer (New Delhi), as their Special Correspondent (Bangalore) for 13 years. He has written five books.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Bopanna obtained his B.A. degree (Economics) from Madras University (Chennai) and M.A. in Political Science from Karnatak University, Dharwad. He also has a post-graduate diploma in journalism from Bhavans, Mumbai.[3][4]


Bopanna began his journalistic career in 1981 as the Coorg Correspondent of The Hindu newspaper. He worked for 12 years with The Times of India, Bangalore (June, 1984), starting as Reporter and exiting as Principal Correspondent. Subsequently, he worked for 13 years as Special Correspondent with The Pioneer at Bangalore from August, 1996. He covered mostly political news for the paper. For six years he served as Bangalore Stringer (from 1998) of the Associated Press, an American news agency. He covered general news with emphasis on human interest stories.[5] He taught journalism for six years to undergraduate and post-graduate students from 2001 to 2006. For two years, he taught at Surana College, Bangalore, two years at Jain College, Bangalore, and two years at Sri Sri Institute of Media Studies, Bangalore. He won two awards in 1986 instituted by the Bangalore Reporters' Guild for best crime story and scoop of the year. Presently he is the person who decides the 'Coorg person of the year'.[6][7]


Bopanna has written five books : Discover Coorg (2006, Prism Books), The Rise and Fall of the Coorg State (2009), Dateline Coorg (2010), Coorg: Land of Beauty and Valour (2010, Prism Books) and The Romance of Indian Coffee (2011, Prism Books). The book Discover Coorg, published by Prism Books Ltd., Bangalore, was translated into the Kannada language – Kodagu: Mungaru Maleya Vismayada (2008). Another book Rise and Fall of the Coorg State has been translated into both the Kannada and the Kodava languages.[8] Bopanna has also released a book titled 'Are Kodavas (Coorgs) Hindus?' (2018), which debates the religion of the Kodavas.[9]


Bopanna launched www.coorgtourisminfo.com, a news and tourism portal in 2005. In 2014 he launched a news portal which covers news exclusively from Kodagu, called Coorg news.[10]

DVD on Coorg[edit]

In April 2015, Bopanna released a 35-minute DVD on Coorg called Discover Coorg Video. It featured the tourist spots, homestays, jewellery, and golf ranges in Coorg, the Kodava family hockey festival and Kodava culture, including the traditional folk dances and weddings. It was supported by the Pemanda Monappa Foundation.[11]

Online Campaign[edit]

Through his news portal www.coorgtourisminfo.com, P.T. Bopanna started an online campaign to improve the condition of the neglected Hunsur - Gonikoppal Road, a 45-km highway between the districts of Mysuru and Kodagu. IAS officer P Manivannan, Chief Project Officer at Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project, took notice of the issue and convinced PWD Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa to start the work. But work came to a standstill because the contractors were not paid. In November 2012, Bopanna met Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj and submitted a memorandum for resuming the work. Upon the governor's direction, the work recommenced but it came to a standstill once again, because of the monsoon rains and because construction materials were not available. Finally, two stretches of the road were completed in late 2014.[12]

Gourmand Award[edit]

In December 2015 P T Bopanna's book 2011 The Romance of Indian Coffee was selected for the International Gourmand World Cookbook Awards given under the category of 'Best Coffee Books' from India. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau.[13] Later, at the Gourmand World Awards ceremony held at Yantai in China, 'The Romance of Indian Coffee' was chosen as the best book on coffee in the world.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Bopanna is the son of P. M. Thimmaiah and Kamy Thimmaiah. He is married to Sita Bopanna.

Bopanna's son Devaiah Bopanna, also a writer, is a Creative Writer with All India Bakchod.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Kodagu hand book released". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  2. ^ Bopanna, P. T. "Coorgs Origins". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  3. ^ Halarnkar, Samar. "A Letter from Coorg". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Coorg Author: P. T. Bopanna". Coorg Tourism. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  5. ^ Bopanna, P. T. "Sample piece of work from Associated Press". AP. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  6. ^ Charan, Sahana. "Rise and Fall of Coorg State". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  7. ^ Bopanna, P. T. "Profile Page". Facebook. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  8. ^ Bageshree, S. "Head for the hills of Kodagu and relax". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 February 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  9. ^ Correspondent, Newspaper. "'Are Kodavas (Coorgs) Hindus?' Book Launched". Star of Mysore. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  10. ^ Chinnappa, K. Jeevan (November 28, 2014). "News website dedicated to Coorg launched". The Hindu (Bengaluru). Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  11. ^ "A DVD on Coorg". The Hindu. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Social Media Impact: Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road Work Completed". Coorg News. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Writer selected for Gourmand international award". Deccan Herald. DHNS. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Indian writer P. T. Bopanna gets Gourmand award for world's best book on coffee". The Financial Express (India). PTI, Bengaluru. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Bengaluru-based writer gets Gourmand award for world's best book on coffee". Hindustan Times. PTI, Bengaluru. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  16. ^ Chopra, Raahil. "AIB launches advertising wing 'Vigyapanti'". Campaign India. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  17. ^ Panwar, Sanya (14 August 2016). "Watch AIB's new Independence Day video on India's exit from Britain". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 21 November 2016.

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