Friday, May 20, 2005

Plaint of a Mallu

    Get a Mallu to 'roam in Rome' and he will get lost, although he might very well enjoy 'Pope music'! Why only Mallus have to suffer so much from this deeply devious feature of English when everyone else escapes?
[Link: Anamika]

Update (May 25): Another superb post here: Snakes were in the hole.

11 Comments:

At 6:16 AM, Blogger Girl With Big Eyes said...

Cause it's somewhere in the DNA :)

Got here from the Kerala blogroll. Nice blog.

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger Vishnu said...

Please don't jemb into any conglusions! These stereotypes are everywhere, right from the "Ayyo ji" madrasi in Bollywood to Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (what a name!).

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Suhail said...

it iz zo zymbol ;)

I had a Mallu maths teacher(all maths teachers in Bbay are Mallus/Tams; if not, they should be preserved in Prince of Wales museum as some kind of a rare species). The first thing she used to say after entering the class was "boiiz, pleaze turn to Pg so-n-so". we naughty fellas waited with bated breath for that word boiiz everytime. Even count, how many times she says it. It was fun. But we were impartial in our fun. Same fun was had frm Tamil, N.Indian & even Maharashtrian accents.

however I dis(h)agree that only Mallus suffer from it. Each lang(h)uage/r(h)egion in India has its own twangue, wHat say ? checkout samitbasu.blogspot for a taste of Bonglish ;)

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger Vishnu said...

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At 9:57 AM, Blogger Vishnu said...

Speaking of maths teachers, we had a Prof. N. S. Krishnan at IIT Bombay. He always said, "is it not?". I have heard from seniors that when he taught complex analysis, he used the complex number z_0, which he called ised-not (like every mallu), and students were confused between "is it not?" and ised-not!!

 
At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anand said...

Suhail -- I think Nandakumar's point was that Mallu accent turns out to be very confusing unlike Tam or Telugu or other Indian accents. If someone says 'callege' or 'dactar' or 'agannst' or 'rejervasion', one understands what one means. "coat vs cot" isn't that simble.

Vishnu -- You don't mind taking names like that?!

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger R.Nandakumar said...

To note that other Indians have their own quirks might give some consolation. But the purely academic question of why hardly anybody other than Mallus suffer from the 'road-broad' thing (to which every Indian should logically be a potential victim) remains unanswered.

As for the 's' vs. 'z' thing, Mallus have cool company in 'Brasil'. One can even stretch things a bit and claim the Mallus picked up this quirk from the Portuguese!

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger Vishnu said...

Vishnu -- You don't mind taking names like that?!

I am not insulting him by saying this!

 
At 1:16 AM, Anonymous Anand said...

Sure. Just wondered!

 
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At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am am a mallu and I would like to quote the auther

"Get a Mallu to 'roam in Rome' and he will get lost, although he might very well enjoy 'Pope music'! "

As people belonging to differnet linguistic group may redicule aeach other; further despite the fact that there are a lot of mallu jokes on line the term "Pope music" relating to mallus is the best examlple that whoever is the inventer of this joke has no idea about mallus or their langaige malayalam.

All other Indian languages may have the term Pope (for English influnce) to refer the head of the Holly roman Catholic Chruch; but that is not the case with malayalam.

In Malayalam Pope as you call him; the same way as in English the head of the Holly roman Catholic Chruch is not pope in Malayalam but "mar papa" means the holly father.

So mallus never use English Term "Pope" to refer him but 'Mar papa' and when you say pope mallus hardly connect it with Rome or the head of the Holly roman Catholic Chruch.

This Joke is suitable for known mallus Indians who use the therm "Pope" for the head of the Holly roman Catholic Chruch, not we mallus as we never use that term to refr him.

 

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