From the bottom of my heart…..a big ‘Thank You‘ to all the visitors to this website.
This is what I had written when we crossed the milestone of 100,000 visitors in March,2010 in badaga.com
Any event in our life is generally valued in terms of numbers. First birthday, tenth year, Silver (25) / golden (50) / platinum (75) Jubilees, a century in cricket, thousand pillars in a temple, Lachathipathi (a lac) etc etc. Similarly, to a website, the importance or rather the encouragement is in terms of the number of visitors to that site. In that sense, the number, a hundred thousand, 100,000 is very significant.
To achieve that land mark for a website that focuses on a small tribal community with great traditions, confined within the four geographical boundaries called 'Seemay/ Naadu' called 'four' mountains [Naakku Betta] in Badaga, in the beautiful blue mountains [the Nilgiris], is a matter of great pride and honour.
A few years back, when you were craving for a website on or about Badaga, the only one was Rabin's www.badaga.com. The website made me wonder why not start a website or rather a blog on, of and about the Badagas of the Blue Mountains.
To give more info on Badaga, the language and people. What started as a hobby and the urge to give accurate, authentic and unknown information as a 'pay back' to the community I belong to and be proud of, has grown into an ambition and obsession. The more I dig into our history, origin, customs, culture, language and traditions the more is the motivation and the determination to give gleamed information to the youth of the community in particular and to the public in general. Needless to say, the journey is one heck of an unknown but highly interesting and satisfying one.
The motivation and encouragement comes from the constant stream of comments that I receive every day. More than anything else, the 'nasha' comes when I look at the number of visitors. More than a hundred visitors for so many days, months and years! Simply AMAZING !! There must be something right and interesting in what appears in the website www.badaga.in or rather, the weblogwww.badaga.wordpress.com if I can boast of a hundred thousand visitors, nay honourable guests and friends so far.
Special thanks to badaga.com for being the original trigger of the ambition that has been largely fulfilled. All I can say, with hands folded and head bowed, THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart. And, let us remain to be proud Indians and proud Badagas .
With warm regards, Wg.Cdr. Bellie Jayaprakash