A self proclaimed delhiite as iam, in all my 21 yrs of living here i have failed to understand the popular delhi concept of labeling sounthern indians as madrasis.. hailing from kerala, all thru my school life (and often even now) i have constantly heard this word replacing my own name- "oye madrasan!" funniest part: there isnt even a place called madras in our country.. it was renmaed chennai long back in 1996 yet delhiites are yet to come in terms with this "drastic change".
what really prompted me( rather made my blood boil) to write this note is a nerve wrecking experienece i had with a visitor at my place. as it was close to lunch time, my mother encouraged him to have lunch with us. he promptly asked "idli- sambar bana hoga". fair enof, this mite not be one of those typical "oh my god, how dare u" quetsions. but what truly made me angry was the mindset prompting this question. we sountherners do not survive on idlis and dosas 24x 7 365 days a year. and as a matter of fact every state in "south india" have their own different cultures, festivals and even dishes. yes maybe one common dish is idli-dosa-sambhar.. but the preparation varies in every state. just as same as paranthas are common for all northerners. the only reason y every restraus manu card shows idli- vada or masala dosa under " sounth indian dishes" is because these are the only few dishes which can be easily replicated as the rest of our dishes are extremely complex and time consuming.
another incident which am reminded of, is when an acquaintence refered to the whole of south india as one big place. "saara souith india ek hi jaise lagta hai.." errr... what?? i mean seriousely dude?? and incase some of u are suprised, this is a statement heard so many times dat i wonder if all these guys were sleeping in their geography classes in school.. or maybe they were so busy poking fun at us " madarasis" at the cost of ending up as ignorant fools. so plz next time think twice before saying this statement bcoz we south indians cannot be more diverse. there are 4 states encomprising the south of india and the languages spoken in all of these staes are so different, that if we cross boders we lose all mediums of communications. unlike in north india where haryanvi and punjabi are derived forms of a common language.
this article is not to fuel a debate on which is better south india or north india. it is just an advice to all thoses who think its damn funny to feign ignorance abt kerala and tamil nadu being separate states, those who act supised dat we do not share the same festivals as our neighbouring states and those who find the rhythm of our languages hilarious, coz trust me when u laugh at our - edi podi.. we are more often than not abusing u in our own style, and u never even come to know :P so we end up having the last laugh..
so on a parting note here are some real fun facts about KERALA -
1. KERALA is the first state in the world to have democratically elected a marxist govt to power.
2. it has the highest literary rate, lowest mortality rate and the leading female to male ratio in the country.
3. the only state where girls have alwaz been welcomed with open arms and even given prefernce over boys unlike the other parts of our country where female foetus is murdered inside the womb.
4. 85% of the nurses in all leading hoispitals in delhi are from kerala.
5. the portugese entered india though kerala ( calicut). ( unfortunately)
6. the national geographic has named kerala as one of the ten paradises on earth. [ all thoses who have never been to kerala, its a must go place. and the language will never be a problem as every one, even a small street side vendor is literate enouf to converse in either english or hindi :) ]
7. over 90% of people in kerala own the land on which their home stands.
8.kerala is famous for ayurved- oldest system of treatment popular all over the world; derived form our puranas and vedas.
9. malayalam- the regional language of kerala is the most difficult indian language (Jawahar Lal Nehru acknowledged this)
10. and finally, a 2005 survey reporst kerala as the least corrupt sttae in i8ndia and in 2011 , if not the least corrupt, it definitely has a low corruption level.
so as gandhiji puts it " First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
i think i just WON :P