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City Tongawallas lead a life of misery
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City Tongawallas lead a life of misery

May 23, 2021

Mysore/Mysuru: The first and second wave of COVID-19 pandemic have ruined the lives of Tongawallas who squarely depend on tourists for their survival as well of their dependents. Since last year, tourism has hit the rock bottom in Mysuru, one of the main tourist destinations in the country, with months of lockdown, followed by slowdown of…

Tongas awaiting tourists
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Tongas awaiting tourists

October 7, 2020

Mysore/Mysuru: Dasara is that time of the year when Mysuru lives up to its sobriquet of Royal City and Mysuru is among the few places where tongas still exist.  The tongas are now used only for joy rides, especially during Dasara when the tongawallas deck up their tongas and illuminate them with LED lights to…

Desperate Tongawallahs seek revival package
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Desperate Tongawallahs seek revival package

May 25, 2020

Mysore/Mysuru: We are under lockdown 4.0 and most of the businesses including the long-closed salons and beauty parlours have opened up for business. However, there is one business, a famed one in Mysuru that too, the Tonga ride business which is in dire straits and is desperate for a revival package. With no tourists and…

Vanishing Tongas…
Feature Articles, Mysore Dasara 2018

Vanishing Tongas…

September 17, 2018

By M.B. Pavan Kumar Koi Haseena Jab Rooth Jaati Hai’  is one of the famous songs in that 1975 blockbuster movie Sholay, with Basanti (Hema Malini), the tongewali and Veeru (Dharmendra), the ex-convict trying to woo her. But Mysuru has always been known for its tongas and the old Mysureans have been familiar with ‘tak..tak..tak..’…

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