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This is just a view from a small town among the mountains along the southwest coast of India. It's called Madikeri, used to be known as Mercara, and was one of several "hill stations" where the British colonial administrators retreated in summer to escape the heat of the lowlands.

It's not much of a view really, but I thought the bright auto rickshaw with its cute name filled the foreground well. Another glimpse of a street in Madikeri can be seen in the WS. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Several years ago I posted this photo from a nicer part of the town:

https://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=7&p=1528264

In pre-colonial days Mercara was the capital of an independent kingdom called Coorg. British troops invaded Coorg during a short war in 1834 and brought it into their empire. After Indian independence in 1947 Coorg was a separate state until 1956 when it was merged into Mysore state, later renamed Karnataka.

I think the guide book I had on that journey in 1988 only mentioned Mercara, so I was puzzled to find all street signs along the road pointing towards a place called Madikeri. The fact that I didn't have any problems buying a bus ticket to Mercara indicates that most people still knew the town by its old name.

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11819 W: 564 N: 22669] (98142)
  • Genre: Pessoas
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 1988-10-21
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-10-04 0:26
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