The Jayanagar “Somari Katte”

It’s called chaupal in Hindi, and is usually associated with the biggest banyan tree in village. Kannada equivalent is Somari Katte, a place that brings together all the lazy folks of a locality. Go to 4th block commercial area in Jayanagar any evening and you find scores of elderly retired looking folks crowding this Somari Katte!
I think of them as Carbon Monoxide addicts, they all must love soot and smoke. Or else, why would they not engage in a constructive activity? Like reporting bad drivers to the police. Or educating a thing a two about parking to folks who double park right in front of this “Katte“. Or force pedestrians to take that new skybridge to cross the busy road which incidentally is fast becoming a lover’s nest.

They could do all this without giving up on their addiction: inhaling Carbon Monoxide!

4 Comments so far

  1. rubic_cube (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

    In bigger residential societies where there are seating benches provided alongside greening areas on the complex, this is a common sight. I remember how my grandpa used to go every morning and evening to meet his ol’ pals and discuss everything from usefulness of reservation to problem of teenagers in the current age.

  2. Arun (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    ..and no college in bangalore is complete without its own Katte :)

  3. Shruthi (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

    Ha ha… people like me know how difficult it is to reach the shops from the road… coz we have to pass through this KaTTe, and we have to dodge people of all shapes and sizes and ages…. sigh! Wish they would at least spare the steps!

  4. Nparry (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

    Most of these “somaaris” suffer from “Rama Rao badhey” – disease of the retired Raos who are driven out of the house by their tired wives so that they leave’em alone for a couple of hours. By-two coffee and a couple of vadais and Rama Rao can pontificate about every event on the globe! We should keep them going – these are the keepers of our “oral history”

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