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Aya Ikegame says namaskara instead of konnichiwa

Namaskara instead of konnichiwa

Aya Ikegame's tryst with the history of the Mysore royal family began quite by chance. “I was studying anthropology at Kyoto University in Japan and I was interested in researching on Tamil Nadu but there were no Tamil language lessons then. At the same time, an intensive Kannada language course was offered and I fell in love with the language.”

This ‘accidental' discovery of Kannada and Karnataka is what led Ms. Ikegame to do research on the idea of kingship in Mysore state. With Japan having a monarch at the helm even now, she was interested in the idea of kingship.

Namaskara instead of konnichiwa

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