Do you know why Kannada Movie star is an Icon? Because he inspired someone to sell pickles! (WTF! Right?). It is there in Wikipedia:
Vishnuvardhan was a good personality. A living example to this is Vardaraja Pai and the Yajaamana Uppinakayi. Vardaraja Pai is Mangalore based businessman and he is an ardent Vishnuvardhan fan. His father Raghunath Pai was an Badami Vendor. He had joined his father in his business and also he was waiting for an opppurtunity to meet Vishnu. One day he met Vishnu in Kukke Subramanya and got his visiting card. He used to send Badami powder and the Pickle(Uppinakayi) to Vishnu. Together they established a very good relationship. In the year 2000 AD Vishnuvardhan’s starrer Yajamanna was released. It was super duper hit and ran for more than a year. In one of the scene’s of movie, Vishnu plays a role of Pickle vendor. In the movie the name of the pickle is Roja Uppinakayi and he becomes a successful businessman in the movie. Vardaraja Pai had ambitions to achieve something great in the life. Upon seeing the movie he decided to do Pickle business, he kept the name of the pickle as Yajaamana Uppinakayi and put the photo of Vishnuvardhan on the pickle bottle. He sought blessings of the icon and his permission to sell the product with the name of the movie. Vishnu agreed and sent him a permission letter. Now Vardaraja Pai is a successful businessman and has now become an inspiration to others – Wikipedia
Now, bring on any stories such as “why don’t I like brinjal” or “why did you stop picking your nose!” or even any other silly question like this come to Wikipedia. It has an answer “because it reminds me of Shah Rukh Khan”, then go ahead and publish it in Wikipedia! It will find its way in the Icon section of SRK – unedited, uncredited and without references.
And ha. Do not forget to mention who is your father/grandfathers, and what they used to do! Apparently, It’s very relevant.
ಯಾಕೋ ಓಥರ ಗಿಲ್ಟಿ ಫೀಲಿನ್ಗು, ನನ್ನ ತುಮ್ಬಾ ಇಶ್ಟದ ಭಾಶೆಗೆ ಸರಿಯಾದ ಮರ್ಯದೆ ಕೋಟ್ಟಿಲ್ಲ ಏಮ್ಬ ಬೇಜಾರು. ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದು ಸಾವಿರಾರು ವರ್ಶ, ಕನ್ನಡ ಓದಿ ನೂರಾರು ವರ್ಶ ಆದ ಹಾಗೆ! ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಓನ್ದು ನಲ್ಕು ಉತ್ತರ ಮಾತಾಡೋಕೇ ಅಕ್ಕ ಪಕ್ಕ ನೋಡಿ, ಮರೆತು ಹೋದ ಶಬ್ದ ಭನ್ಡಾರ ಹುಡುಕಿ ವಾಕ್ಯ ಪೂರ್ತಿ ಮಾಡ್ವಾಗ ಬೆವರು ಇಳಿದು ..huh… ಏಲ್ಲಪ್ಪಾ ನನ್ನ ಫೇವ್ರೃಟ್ಟು ಭಾಶೇ!
ಇದು ನನಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಲ್ಲ (ನಾನು ಬಿಡಿ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಓನ್ದು ವಾರದ ಮೇಲೆ ಕಳೆದು ಆರೇಳು ವರ್ಶದ ಮೇಲೆ ಆಗಿದೆ) ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲೇ ಇರುವ ನನ್ನ ಹಳೇ ಪರಿಚಿತದರು ಮಾತಾಡೋ ಕನ್ನಡ ನೋಡ್ಬೇಕು
ನೀವು. ೬೦% ಇಮ್ಬುಳೀಸು! ಯಾರದ್ದೂ ತಪ್ಪಿಲ್ಲ ಬಿಡಿ, ಏಲ್ಲಾ linguistic evolution. ಯಾವ ಭಾಶೇಯಲ್ಲು ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಜಾಸ್ಥಿ ಇದ್ದಾರೋ ಆ ಭಾಶೇ ಸೋಲ್ಪ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಬದುಕುತ್ತೇ, ಏಲ್ಲಿ literary contributions ಕಡಿಮೇಯಾಗಿರುತ್ತೋ ಆ ಭಾಶೇಯದ್ದೂ ಅದೇ ಗತಿ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಏರಡನೇಯದಕ್ಕೇ ಏನೂ ಕಮ್ಮಿ ಇಲ್ಲ ಬಿಡಿ, ಕಮ್ಮಿಯಾಗಿರೋದು ಮೋದಲನೇಯದ್ದು !
this is a Kannada test post. No serous thought has been applied to write this.
Alright, here is the story. Some four years back New York Times wrote about Wikipedia logo, reporting two symbols rendered were not correct. One of them was Japanese and the other was our own Devanagari used by many Indian languages including Sanskrit and Hindi. That was the first time probably someone had a good look at the logo, including me. 🙂
It was right there! The Kannada text “wi” in logo jigsaw was wrong too. Its wasn’t exactly typo error, the vowel addition to consonant base had been slipped in all these three cases to make it meaningless. Right, after blogging this I went for a long hibernation, from internet world, that’s what polar bears do.
Meanwhile, Team Wikipedia took NY Times article very seriously. Of course they did, the question raised was “if Wikipedia cannot get their logo straight, how accurate rest of the information are?”. Team Wikipedia left a comment on my blog asking for more information, which I couldn’t provide on time.
These guys say it is Kannada, and what’s more they say “it does not make [sense] at all”. They gave two suggested replacements; I can’t find the first one (might be U+0C8F, ಏ), the second seems to be U+0CB5 with combining U+0CD6 (I think? The combining character looks more like a U+0CEE in their image, but that doesn’t combine; may be a font thing), which is ವೖ. I have left a note on their page asking for help identifying the character. – the discussion
Finally it was all resolved (I don’t know when) and here you go, the Wikipedia logo with all errors fixed.