konni Telugu mATalu.(Subbarao?)

Syamala Rao Tadigadapa (STADIGAD@us.oracle.com)
05 Aug 97 17:09:55 -0700

About vennela  
   It is true to say this came from compounding vela and nela 
   vela+nela = vennela  
   vela=vella= telupu(tel), white(eng). 
   nela=The Moon(eng) is not correct. 
   nela=kaanti(sansk.) veluturu(tel.) light(eng). 
   so, vela+nela= white light = tellani kaanti. 
   Vella vEyaTamu is rferring to the process of whitening walls. 
   It mostly referred to the process of applying wet hot lime 
   (calcium) to the walls to make them fine white. One added  
   advantage of this application is that its pungent smell  
   drives away bad smells and keeps the env. fresh. It could be 
   good absorbant of smells, though I am not an expert in thtat 
   area. But the calcium on the walls gets brownish after a while 
   due to oxidation. The walls are not quite them. So, again 
   vella vEyatamu or applying white is required. 
   How come nela acquired the meaning of 'maasamu'(tatsamamu), month(eng.)? 
   Probably it was because, a cycle of phases of light of moon' which 
   has periodicity of one month. Interestingly the word month(eng) of 
   similar meaning may have been derived from the word Moon. 
About pakka. 
   pakshamu (tatsama) has a meaning 'side'(eng.) 
   It has become pakka in usage. 
   See. avatali paksham vaaru, satru pakshamu etc. and 
     kudi pakka , eDama pakka etc. 
   The words paDaka(tel.) has probably orignated from 
   paryankamu(tatsama) meaning cot(eng), bed.(eng.). 
   This also came to common tongue as pakka. 
   See. padaka gadi. and pakka battalu ( padaka battalu to 
   be more precize) 
   There is a word panDu with a meaning nidurinchu(tel) 
   sayaninchu(tel) ( This word has a root 'sayana'(tatsamamu)) 
   though there is a slight difference as what these two words 
   mean. This is another usage of panDu to mean other than 'fruit'(eng). 
   From panDukonu we have a derivation paDukonu. Why I braught this 
   word into picture is to say that paDaka has not been derived 
   from panDu (to sleep, (eng)), though it almost looks that  
   it may have been derived so. 
About pADu. 
   I don't think it has any thing to do with pahAD(hin.) 
   Too many places have named as pADu and with out even a 
   small hill aroung anywhere.