Samosa Ajja…the living legend

December 12, 2009 at 7:13 AM 8 comments

Every morning I see this person wearing a white Khadi dress with a Gandhi Topi trying to find some familiar faces and greeting them. He may look like an ordinary old man but then I find him as an icon of hard work, dedication, honesty and commitment. I am talking about Madukeshwar Mudeyappa Malagi still popularly known as ‘Samosa Ajja’.    

 I have seen this unsung hero for approximately 7 years doing his work without any expectations or complain. I wanted to know more on this elderly gentleman so decided to engage him in a semiformal conversation one fine evening at 5oclock. 

Madukeshwar Mudeyappa Malagi or Samosa Ajja as he is commonly known was born in Badami Taluk, Yendigeri Halli, Karnataka on April 1st 1941.  He belonged to a middle class family which had a traditional occupation of petty trading.  From his early childhood days he was interested in pursuing business related occupation and after completing his S.S.L.C examination in 1961he moved to Mangalore in 1970.

From then till date it has been 40 long years that Mangalore has witnessed a man with a dedication for his work running his humble trade of selling sweets and savories. The most popular of all his preparation is a Samosa that he sells for Rs1/-, yes you heard it right.  And this price tag of his samosa is his USP Unique selling point, which has withstood the economic test of all inflation and recession.

Every morning, Samoja Ajja’s routine begins at 4.30 am with the practice of a simple vyama (exercise) followed by puja, then along with his two helpers he prepares samosas.  His routine diet consists of a simple breakfast of Jowar Roti and chutney.  Before beginning his daily business he makes a regular appearance at Sharavu temple in K.S Rao road for prayers.

He reaches is regular business spot by 8.30 am and is through out the day till 5.30pm in the evening, he is engrossed in attending his customers. Being a humble man has earned himself a lot of name and friends among his usual clients. Students of high school and college swarm around him like bees during their free time the peak hour of his business is between 12 pm to 1.00 pm and then 3.15 pm onwards.
His customers are mostly students, who affectionately call him as Samosa Ajja; his other variety of savory option includes Chikki, Laddus, Pedas, Masala Kadle, and Khadi.  

It is worth noticing that even though he has a stressful day working all the time he always maintains a child like smile throughout the time and greets everyone with respect and patience. 

I found it extremely difficult to believe that a punctual person like Samosa Ajja does not even possess a watch of his own. This meticulous gentleman depends on the High school bell to schedule his task and movement and every time he is right there as usual waiting for you.

Still surprising to know that Samosa Ajja does not take a break on Sunday even at his grand old age of 70years.

Samosa Ajja’s service to the community has not gone unnoticed; one of the schools in Mangalore had felicitated him as a chief guest during the Independence Day celebrations in their school campus.

Right from my early child hood days I have heard of many stories or fables which speaks of hardworking people of the society and some day even I aspire to be one. But rarely have I come across any of them in daily commuting, but here is a person who can just fit into the role of a person with principles, discipline and having upright commitment towards his work.  

A firm believer of Gandhian principles of “low living and high thinking”, when I asked him whether his regular was sufficient to meet his daily requirement, he says, “Money is not important, but living life qualitatively is more important.  What more can we do with the money, when the rich man also has to go to the grave and even the poor man has to go to the grave.”


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The Sikh community of Mangalore MCMS standsup to the need of the hour…….

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Seema  |  December 12, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Good job harsha…….. liked the write up…….Seema is suggesting to present a watch to Samosa Ajja as a gift for his dedication and punctuality…… what say??????

  • 2. Arun  |  December 14, 2009 at 3:08 AM

    Enjoyed reading about Samosa Ajja and I applaud your effort for using your talent to sing praises for this unsung hero

  • 3. harsharajgatty  |  December 14, 2009 at 7:02 AM

    Thank you Mr Arun for your encouragement, will definetely try to work for the better of the community…….

  • 4. Parvinder sinmgh  |  December 15, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    Beauty comes from within and surely samosa ajja has a beautiful heart as your article suggests.
    I may not have met him personally but his persona in the pic is enough to give a sense of satisfaction and contentment …
    I love the choice of your articles………..GREAT!

  • 5. harsharajgatty  |  December 18, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    Thank you so much Parvinder Bro….

  • 6. Arjun  |  December 28, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    excellent article..sorry was lil late to view it.. but u really made me remind of his samosas ‘;) thanks Harsha!

  • 7. harsharajgatty  |  December 28, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Thanks bro…once again – Reading wholesale article at onceaaaaa…….

  • 8. Loyloy  |  January 5, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Hey nice post!!
    by the way you forgot to mention that samosajja was once an headmaster at some shcool. dont you think thats worth mentioning

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