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The Dilemma of a Kanyakumari Mallu

This morning I must have received at least 5 greetings in my inbox. All from fellow Mallus wishing me on Kerala Piravi, November 1st, the day of the formation of the linguistic state of Kerala. They all carried beautiful hauntingly nostalgic, sunny, images of God’s Own Country, especially so for a person far away on the freezing shores of USA. ( As I write this, the temperature outside reads 6 degrees C ).

And this being the Golden Jubilee Year, everyone seems extra jubilant. I can imagine what the scene looks like once you cross the border over from Tamil Nadu into Kerala at Parassala. Malayali Mangas, wafting by in traditional Mundum Neriyathum or Kerala sarees, men all,sober looking in jubbas ans mundus… Celebrating fifty years of a glorious state.

Today is the day most of the Indian states, under the constitution were formed, thanks to the massive efforts of the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Most of them were craved out linguistically and someone had done a whole load of difficult Math and Geography to get the demarcation all in order. Okay that was just a background filler in history.

And back to the present, as I go through those greetings, I am at a loss as to what to feel. I don’t know whether to be happy or sad, to celebrate or not to celebrate. It is the same every year. After all, I belong to Kanyakumari District, the southernmost tip of the Indian Mainland and the piece of land Kerala exchanged with Tamil Nadu in favour of Palghat district. To me, it is a day of angst, stemming from the confusion of a Kanyakumari Mallu who neither belongs here nor there. It’s a quandary of sorts. What do I celebrate/mourn? A loss of identity/gain of a pluralistic culture?

Now for a bit of history once again, for the benefit of those unfamiliar with the place. Until quite recently, -50 years is not such a long time in history, especially Indian history-, till 1956 to be precise, this piece of land was part of Kerala or rather the erstwhile Travancore kingdom. In fact, the capital of Travancore before it was shifted to the more centrally situated Thiruvananthapuram, used to be Padmanabhapuram. A beautiful palace still maintained by the Kerala Government bears testimony to this.

Kanyakumari (hereafter when I say that it refers to the whole district and not just the tip of India where the three seas meet) has a population of both Malayalis and Tamils and it used to be rather equally balanced, with maybe a little more on the Tamil side. After independence, came the time for state formation and the majority Tamils under the dynamic leadership of Marshall Nesamony wanted to join ‘Mother Tamil Nadu’ while the Malayalis of course wanted to go with Kerala. I hear there were a lot of riots and protests and so on and so forth and finally fortune favoured Tamil Nadu. So come November 1st 1951, and Kerala was formed, and Kanyakumari was made part of Tamil Nadu. Honestly, we don’t really have any complaints, I am just airing my thoughts, and I don’t want anyone to mistake my intentions. These are just musings and I DO NOT want any separatist fires lit.

Now on to why we wonder if this is cause for sadness or joy. After all, this is the day Kerala gave us away to be eternally branded Pandis, however good our Mallu credentials are, in favour of Palghat. First of all, no one likes being given up. It is such a lonesome unwanted feeling. So how would you feel if Kerala gave you up to gain Palghat? Like somehow they were better than us? Well, that hurts. And what hurts more is that the politicians of the state which ‘magnanimously’ accepted us went around mouthing inanities such as ‘nellai engal ellai; kumari engalukku thollai” literally meaning, Nellai (thirunelveli) is our border and kumari(kanyakumari) is just a bother. Hmph! Well, happily they don’t say that any more.

Anyway, Tamil Nadu seems to have realized that a state which can boast of 100% literacy, has such a rich culture, and contributes so much to the exchequer through rubber, spices, seafood, rare minerals etc etc(our wealth is boundless, I name just few) couldn’t be such a bother after all.

So there we are, clubbed ignominiously along with all other ‘maru nadan’ mallus (expatriates). However, we differ from all those other Mallu communities outside Kerala. We did not come from Kerala and settle here. We BELONG here. Our roots are still where they were put down originally, as opposed to uprooted and re-rooted. ( This point I borrow from a speech once made by a genius of the Malayalam Film world, the ‘unimitated inimitable’, Jagathy Sreekumar, at the anniversary celebration of Mithram, a Mallu Organization.) In other words, we are a native community. Only geographical borders can be altered. It’s harder to alter cultural ones.

For someone like me, born years after the states were formed, the so-called ‘struggles’ and significance of the separation do not really matter; they are all just part of history. I think we would rather think of ourselves as being able to belong to two worlds ‘have the best of both worlds’ so to speak. So I am just going on to extol the virtues of kanyakumari, my own little paradise this side of heaven.

Case in point. Kerala might have given us away, but they, well atleast the capital Thiruvananthapuram is so totally dependent on Kanyakumari for their day to day life, they wouldn’t exist without us. Say, we guys decided to tell you one fine day,” Ah, we don’t feel like doing any driving today, we are on a break, so none of our lorries are going to bring you any stuff today,” YIKES! Scary thought huh? Life would pretty much come to a stand still.

Not a single marriage would take place that day. No flowers, no banana leaves, no bananas, no vegetables, no lemons, no rice, no pappadams, etc etc. Why even God would miss us. Where do you think all those lotus flowers and jasmine and tube rose garlands adorning Sri Padmanabhan and Aattukaal Amma and others that side of the border come from? In fact, if a loaded lorry doesn’t cross the Kuzhithura bridge, the whole of Chalai the bustling, crazy marketplace of Trivandrum would resemble a ghost town. Ah, do I detect a twinge of regret?

My husband and I have this argument every other day. He conveniently chooses to forget that though settled in Trivandrum, his native place lies on the other side of the border.

And Tamil Nadu, where would you be without the income from our spices and rubbers and the rare minerals filling up your coffers? We single-handedly raised the bar on education in Tamil Nadu, simply because we are 100% LITERATE! Now which other of your districts has that distinction? Or for that matter, a commendable ratio of men and women. We do not practice female infanticide. Never mind that it took years before the Govt, finally realized that the 100% literate district did deserve a professional college.

Significant industries haven’t yet come up here of course, but I don’t think we need to complain about that. Thanks to that, we breathe purer air. However, I do not understand why two major establishments, the ISRO center in Mahendragiri and the Koodankulam Atomic Power Station officially belong to neighbouring Thirunelveli district, though the bulk of them lies in Kanyakumari. You do the math. I DO NOT want to go in there.

Another sore point is that, when I was in school, we Mallu kids had no opportunity to learn our language. There was just one school in Nagercoil, which taught Malayalam as a second language and well, all of us did not go to that school. Some of us went elsewhere. Nevertheless, you know what, I have no regrets. I consider it a blessing in disguise because, that helped me start a lifelong love affair with one of the most beautiful and ancient languages in the world.

Yes, I am proud to say that I learnt Tamil as my second language for 15 years. I stuck to it even when at a later stage I could have opted for something more fancy like French. In addition to the exotic aura, the French kids could score higher too. But my conscience wouldn’t let me give up good old Tamil.

So when it comes to my own mother tongue, I am home schooled. Like I said, the best of both worlds, I now know both languages fluently. And you know what the best thing is? I speak much better Tamil than most Tamils, well, maybe with a faint Mallu accent. Some words give me away. I always say dosha. Never dosa. I remember sending my 9th standard class into peals of laughter when I answered ‘pashu’ for some question in the Tamil grammar class instead of ‘pasu’. Ah, well, some words give me away.

So what? I can actually say azhagu, pazham, mazhai and Tamizh as they are supposed to sound, thanks to the fact that I am a Mallu. No one sniggers when I ask for some ‘vazhi’. So, before I get tarred and feathered as a Mallu bigot, raise your hands, all you Tamils who can actually pronounce ‘zha’ without a struggle? Or even say it at all. You know the letter ‘zha’ is the beauty of Tamil. ‘Thamizhukku zha azhaku’. And it takes a Mallu to make you see that. So there!

Therefore, Kanyakumari-ites of the world, unite. We have nothing to lose. We have an identity of our own. Never mind if the Proper Mallu calls you a Pandi. Never mind if neither the ‘true’ Mallu or Tamil refuses to accept your own brand of Talayalam. Our place is a happy melting pot of both the beautiful cultures. We are an ‘avial’ of our own, a rich blend of the essences of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We can celebrate both Pongal and Onam.

And you others, just don’t make the mistake of asking us Mallus where we came from before we settled in Kanyakumari. We bristle at that question. We belong here. We are children of this soil. And we can all go on and celebrate Kerala Piravi or Union with Mother Tamil Nadu or whatever. We shall not mourn a loss of identity, not suffer the angst of the neither here nor there syndrome. Instead, we shall celebrate a happy union of cultures, of being able to easily belong in both places. After all, isn’t that the true essence of being Indian? Celebrating our wonderful diversities as one unified nation? Let’s raise our glasses to both states. After all two toasts are better than one, and it is no small matter to be able to lay claim to both Kambar and Ezhuthachan, to Vallathol and Thiruvalluvar (who incidentally, research is slowly proving to have been a true blue Kanyakumari-ite! Howz that for irony?)

If nothing else, we shall at least celebrate the fact that we do not have to wake up every morning wondering if there is a hartal that day or not. We do not have to land at a railway station or airport praying that the autos and taxis are running that day. We do not have to have a bandh just because Pluto got chucked out of the solar system. That, if you ask me dear friends, is the best thing that happened to us Mallus of Kanyakumari District.

A short clip of the coastline of Kanyakumari.

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  1. It is a totally wrong and baseless notion that Kanyakumari district was exchanged with Palakkad during states reorganization in 1956. Palakkad always had more than 90% Malayalam speaking population. There are some Iyer gramams in and around Palakkad town which are settlements of the Brahmans from TN migrated here in ancient times. I belong to Palakkad so do my ancestors, we all are Malayalees. Kerala lost Kanyakumari because people there & elsewhere in Kerala never gave a serious fight to retain this area with it when the Tamil population in Kanyakumari district united under the leadership of A.Nesamony with liberal support from TN people & state leadership gave a serious bid to snatch that territory from Kerala. Very few Malayalees are really proud of their mother tongue and are ready to fight for it’s cause, whereas Tamilians are quite fundamentalists when it comes their language.

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  2. I am a mallu from kk. Now iam studying in Chennai. ..I can understand both Tamil and Malayalam. …it’s only becas of kk …

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    • The southern border of Kerala is vellimala, which unfortunately is in kanyakumari district today. The Chera kings of Kerala is called as Malayamandalathu rajah and the people are known as Malayali today. No one ever called ourselves “Tamilans” in Kerala ever.

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  3. Senthamil is malayalam. In fact malayalam seems to have purest Tamil words in vocabulary than what our Tamils speak in local dialects. Bros…cheras are now malayalis but once a part of might Tamil empire… Chera , chola n pandiyas.. Malayalis n Tamils are not different. We are all same..

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  4. I can empathize with you as I am a Tamil from a place near Palakkad, where the majority of the people are Tamils. I feel that I belong to both Kerala and TamilNadu and both states contain people who are mostly good and some morons here and there

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  5. really mind blowing… you have penned what the people like me felt neither not belonging to Kerala neither neglected by Tamil Nadu for being malayali… we dont have to complaint anyone… we dont wanna fight with anyone… thats why we stand above all tamil people in kanyakumari… we think twice before we so… some may feel that we are coward but we are quietly brilliant.. not getting ourself involved n any problems… . we have around 60 engineering colleges in kanyakumari where most of the students from south kerala prefer… just ask them did they suffer from any other bad feeling for being away from home… meanwhile we ppl are the good hosts… we accept all and we believe that we are unique… . and congrats great effort Alaganandha

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  6. I’m not sure about the 100 percent literacy thingy you mallus have going on. As far as I’ve seen, the only reason you’re literate is because you go to the surrounding states to become literate….I think it comes from a place of sheer desperation to be accepted and respected the same way white people are. Basically a very inferior and skin colour conscious people.
    That’s the reason you’re always blowing your own trumpet with stuff like ‘gods own country’…I personally believe every state in India and every region of the world is God’s creation and hence God’s own country….. get over yourselves! we accept you as you are! you don’t have to prove anything!! And you’re certainly not better than the rest of us. LOL…

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    • nice to see you take things the way they are meant to be! Cheers!!

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    • Love Malayalam

      ROFL… You sound like a Jealous Tamil Fool😂 who lacks something called “commonsense”😂. “God’s own country” is an epithet, that sounds catchy, which is used to refer Kerala primarily for tourism purposes. Pepper was referred as “black gold” by the Europeans & Salt was once held as “white gold”, according to your logic, does that mean that they are a variety of gold literally?😂 You speak like as though your foolish Tamils have never blown the trumpet ever! I’ve never come across a bigoted community as ethnocentrically inclined as you language fanatics are & here you’re speaking ill of us Malayalis!😂 What an irony! We’re happy to be what we’re now & we certainly do not need your “acceptance” to prove our worth.

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  7. K.Balachandran

    വളരെ രസകരം ..ரொம்ப சுவையான ஒரு கலந்துரையாடல் ..കന്യാകുമാരിയുടെ സവിശേഷ സംസ്കാരം നിലനിർ ത്താൻ ഇതൊരു കേന്ദ്രഭരണ പ്രദേശമാകുകയാണ് വേണ്ടത്.குமரி மண்ணின் தனிக்கலாச்சரத்தை
    பாதுகாக்க தகுந்த நடவடிக்கைகள் வேண்டும்;அதற்க்கு இந்நாட்டு மக்கள் தான் முன்வரவேண்டும்.The involvement of participants in this fruitful discussion is heartening.
    Politicians are only interested in creating vote banks and reaping rich harvests.The unique cultural legacy of Kanyakumari makes many of us act as bridges of cultural cross over, like Malayalam poet S.Remesan Nair translate “திருக்குறள்ïn to Tamil.In fact all Kanyakumarians are capable of using both languages even as literary language like Jayamohan,Neela.Ṕadmanabhan and Sundara.Ramasawamy..For a Kanyakumari Malayali or Tamil,இருமொழிப்புலமை (ദ്വിഭാഷാ പാടവം)is no big deal.As a working journalist
    I’ve really enjoyed my both identities In Kerala, Tamil Nadu and in places like London and Paris
    where Tamils are living in great numbers.Once while interviewing him iconic writer Sujatha told me how his wife was wonder struck when in Paris Pompidu air port a group of Malayalees on a pilgrimage to Lourdes church identified and greeted him.It was from a photo published in Kumkumam (malayalam) weekly along with one of his translated works!My dad to me and to my kids, love for Tamil language would pass on, and it’s natural and enriching.

    വളരെ നന്ദി രമിത സതീഷ്‌ /மிக்க நன்றி திருமதி .ராமித சதீஷ்

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  8. Really nice blog..Hats off blogger.. Mind blowing piece. Blogger expressed her views which almost every mallus in kk feel.. me too….we are not bothered of being thrown away by kerala or the negligence showed by t.n.. we are what we really is, happy with what we have got.The most peaceful place maybe not in the world but arguably in india.. The only time we were shattered is during the tsunami.. that time too we kk’s stood together. . Always proud kanyakumarian… Regardless of religion caste linguistic difference. . Love u all…

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  9. Why Kumari went with Tamil Nadu?

    All people of Kanya Kumari including present Kanya Kumari MP must read a book named ” Liberation of oppressed A continued Struggle” at http://books.google.co.in/books.

    In where it was said that Travancore Tamil Nad Congress led by Marshal Nesamony, a protestant Christian and Thanulinga Nadar, Hindu, both wanted a state within Travancore Kingdom under the Raja. When Pattom A. Thanu Pillai, Prime Minister of Travancore from 1948 discriminated peoples in Kanya Kumari a lot, which led to Kanya Kumari merging with Madras State in 1956. This Travancore Tamil Nad Congress’s name later become as Tamilnadu of Madras State.

    Whoever comes or goes, Pon Radha can talk his vote bank tongue or anybody. He would not know how he stands now?. One thing is clear, Kanya Kumari suffered a lot under Travancore Kingdom and now discriminated by Govt of Tamilnadu, because, the district does not give any good enough seat to DMK or ADMK.

    The people of Kumari people talk their own tongue of Kodum Tamil, different from present Malayalam/Tamil, is now in deterioration. This kumari language is still spoken by many from present day kerala state ie from Trivandrum to Kottayam at their home only and not outside. This Kodum Tamil (many ceyyul words are spoken and still in usual in Kumari (Please see Kerala Govt Website, History mentions about Archaic Tamil/Kudum Tamil existed in Chera Nadu and also Kerala State Education Board’s Social Science book mention about this) is the root to the present day developed Malayalam and also to the present day Sen-Thamill. We all talk about Chera, Chola Pandya. But we forgot about Kumari andam/Lemurian Continent gulfed into Sea.. No one mind about this kodum tamil language.

    Thiru Onam is the main festival in Kanya Kumari district irrespective of religion. Karali, a martial art, called in Kumari is Suvadu. Many Nattu Vaidhyar is famous for Varma Kalai and treatment of bone broken in any part of body without an operation. World famous rubber and Eaitha Vazhai, banana chips are produced. Ancient day Nattu Vaidiyam now adopted and thrived in present day Kerala.

    It was also believed that Thiruvallur, Avvai, Athencode Asan, Agathiyar lived here. All have temples in KK Dist. Munchirai, where Sita Devi was put in first jail by Ravana before taking her to Lankapuri. Humuman brings the Chiranjeevi from Himalaya, a part fell down, became “Maruthua Malai” Medicine Mount, all herbal plants are there. Mondaikadu temple is dedicated to Kannagi, Mondaikadu Amman. St Thomas constructed Araipalli at Thiruvithancode for Christian worship around 56 AD.

    Tamil literatures also speak about the fame Kanyakumari
    district. Tamil epic Manimekalai, tells about the story of a women (Kannagi)
    who took bath in the sea of Kanyakumari, to get pardon for the sins
    of her husband. Tholkappiyam mentions it as Vadavenkatam,
    Thenkumari, Aedai Tamil Koorum Nallulakam.

    During the Sangam age Tamilnadu was ruled by Chera, Chola
    and Pandya rulers. But the Ayes ruled Kanyakumari area. Sangam
    rulers like Aye Sundiran, Titiyan I, Titiyan II, Athiyan ruled this
    area. The Pandiyan epigraphs of 7th century B.C. tell the story of the
    Aye rulers. It is believed that, they ruled with Thiruvattar as their
    capital. Venad was mentioned as Veell + Nadu. Tholkappiar mentions
    Aye country among the twelve countries of Tamilnadu. The family
    name of Aye was Veell. Epic literature in its 133rd poem mentions it
    as follows,

    ‘Maari Anna Vanmai
    Thearrveell Ayai Kaniya Senmaye.’

    Present Kanyakumari – most neglected district of Tamil Nadu
    district is the Aye country mentioned in this poem. Travancore state manual tells that Venad was in the western part of the Aye country. From 1729 to 1949, twelve Chera rulers ruled this area. There were Marthanda Varma, Dharmaraja, Balaramavama, Rani Cauri lekshmi Bai, Rani Cauri Parvathi Bai, Swathi Thirunal, Uttaram Thirunal, Ayilyam Thirunal, Vizagam Thirunal, Sri Moolam Thirunal, Rani Sethu Lekshmi Bai and Chithiral Thirunal. Marthanda Varma was crowned as the King, Padmanabhapuram was the capital of Kalkulam. There was anarchy
    in the state due to lack of permanent army and stable administration.

    In this long run, this Aye Raja of Perumal become in the trap of Namboodhri and Nair. They become their own. Kerala was born. They become Malayalee. Tamilnadu was born. They become Tamils. It was said that “Nellai Enga Ellai, Kumari Engaluku Thollai”. Kumari people’s sweater and their long time saved treasures are with Kerala in the Padmanaswamy temple. But, Kumari people educate whole Tamil with Maths, Tamil, English, Science by sending plenty of teachers, lecturers etc. Kumari people educate professional courses to keralites by opening 52 engineering colleges in the district and many ITIs.

    Travancore Raja later become Nair clan from Perumal (Nadar)/Tiyyan (Ezhava) clan. They, while marrying through Marumakkal Thayam lost their identity. When the ruling class become slave to a slave of Namboothri. How they treated the people of that category later, which is history.

    To save these downtrodden people, the following personalities came :-

    (a) Ayya Vaikundar, born into Nadar family according to Akilattirattu
    Ammanai (or Akilam), a of the Ayyavazhi, was a Manu (father, sovereign)
    Avatar of Narayana, incarnated as Ayya Vaikundar. In order to get the
    physical human nature, Lord narayana used the body of Mudisoodum
    Perumal. (also called as Sampooranathevan) (1810 – c. 1851). The head
    temple of the Ayyavazhi religion is the Swamithoppepathi and is located in the
    Village of Swamithope. In 1809 a child was born to the couple Narayanam
    and Mahalekshmi in south India, at Swamithoppe in the Kanyakumari District |
    (part of Travancore).

    (b) Narayana Guru (1854–1928), also seen as Sree Narayana Guru Swami,
    was a Hindu sant, sadhu and social reformer of India. He was born into an
    Ezhava family, He was born probably Chempazhanthy near
    Thiruvananthapuram.

    (c) Ayyankali was born in 1863 in Venganoor, Trivandrum, Travancore. He
    was one of seven children born to a Pulaya (Cheramar) family. 1863–1941)
    was a leader of the native Indian people treated as basic caste Dalits known
    as the Untouchables.

    All three quoted humanity as Good against religion and against the caste Hindu and revolted against the customs, especially caste and ill treatment of people. Later two become fame and honoured all over Kerala. But, Ayya Vaikundar did not get any recognisation in Kerala, but only confine to Kanya kumari and Tiruneveli But, Ayyavazhi Nadar community worship him as God.

    When Kumari people mingle with present day malayalee, they use a word, I think you know, Film director Cheran cleverly used in his film “Autograph”. When we mingle with present day tamils, they call us “keralathan”.

    Guess Where we are?. With whom, we are ?. I think that we Kumarian are alone. Yet to find a place of our own.

    Any how, we are proud Indian, representing National Party at what come, not similar to any state, but to national integrity, where 51.27 percent Hindu, 44.47 percent Christian, 4.20 percent Muslim and 0.57 live peacefully. Majority Nadar caste is in Hindu and Christian. Inter religion marriage are done willingly among this community. My request is not divide and let us live peacefully.

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  10. I was born in Tiruvalla and raised up in the north. My Mother’s from Tiruvalla in central Travancore and dad from Kulashekaram in Kanyakumari district. During the growing up years, I always had this very difficult question to answer – “Where are you from ?”. My 3 mins response included everything from stories from 1956, the state formation, Trivandrum and KK ,only so that people did not mistake me for a half tamil, and how I wished everything from Kulashekaram to down south was a part of Kerala, just to make my answer simpler. I am 29 and its been only a few years since I have been reading about the history of regions in southern kerala and KK. It took me “celluloid” to discover JC Daniel aghast ! I was so pained !. I could relate to your article so much when I read the first time a few years back and ever since I had been coming back and reading and learning about our history. Today , I feel it is totally insignificant as to which state in the union does KK and neighboring regions belong , a 50 -60 year old political barrier is of no relevance what so ever when history stands tall. Today , I don’t explain people my roots, I just tell them – Kanyakumari. I feel so proud to have KK malayalee orgins ( even though just half ) .

    There is so much to learn and see,
    This one life time is not enough

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  11. Many deviations from the subject in the forum ?????!!!!…..

    I was born and brought up in Kanya kumari.
    ‘(vellam) thillaikkanum’, ‘kulimuri’, ‘thamasam’, ‘pishathi’. ….. we are Tamizhians … but still we used to hear such Malayalam words in our families ….. The district has cultural connect with Kerala and
    Tamizh Nadu in distinctive ways… Majority of the people of KK are happy to be part of TN as we have heard through our forefathers about ill treatment to the native people of this land before independence.

    People of KK like this Malayalee and Tamizh blend in their culture. I could still see a regional and cultural connect with Kerala in terms of our food, language e.t.c and love certain values which Tamizhians possess …. like the fond and respect Kongu(Coimbatore area) people give …. It’s high time , we Indians love our differences rather than to hate them…. My aachi(paatti) is from Marthandam. Through her I have heard pazhangathaigal, both of Malayalam and Tamizh …. She was a pakka Tamizhian, look alike Malayalee, born to a famous lawyer and celebrated Onam… Including her, all her siblings were well educated. Its an unexplainable blend which this district carries till date. We could equally see a malayalee and a tamizhian as we can understand the cultural values of both the sides and I have many Malayalee and Tamizh friends.
    Our actual cultural values and love for people have already started deteriorating in all our states. We forget to see the beauty of our languages, culture and talent which Western people research. There are a lot of causes we can do together and leave our differences.

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  12. @ Abhilash
    Malayalam is the youngest & purified language in India. A malayli can learn all other Indian languages easily, because Malayalam has all sounds in all other Indian languages. It is a fact that Keralite belongs to Kasargod to Trivandrum. But malayalees belongs to Kasargod to Kanyakumari.
    Malayalis in Kanyakumari are born to their place, but tamils in Munnar are just immigrants to tea plantations as labourers.

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  13. Wonderful essay. My mom sent me to Kanyakumari as a part of doing my BE (4 years) so that I ‘remember our culture and roots’. Since you said ‘Talayalam’ probably I’ll used the word ‘Mamil’ to describe the distinctive Tamil accent especially of those around Marthandam area with which I used to be ridiculed at hostel by those from other parts of Tamil Nadu. Learnt this Pandi taunt as a response to being called a ‘Kelangan’ as a reference to tapioca eaters. Learnt some Tirunelveli and Madurai Tamil accents as well. This essay makes me relive those memories.

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  14. Alexander raj S

    Why we Malayalees and Tamils relate to each other. Answers are very simples as enumerated below :-

    1 Kerala Govt’s web site (History) and 9th social science and other social science books of Kerala education board invariably are read to you that ancient people in kerala were speaking Archaic Tamil and are of Tamils.

    2. 80% words are drawn from Cheyyul Tamil and normal present day Tamil and 20% words from Sanskrit. Transition of tamil to forming malayalam happened in Kanya Kumari district, where Athencode Asan, Guru to Tholgapiar who wrote Tamil Grammer, Avvayar, Agathiar, Thiruvalluvar lived.

    3. Bhagavathi Amman in Athingal and Kodunganallur temples is Kannagi (Tamil woman) who set fire Madurai. Malayalees worship her as Bhagavathi.

    4 Lord Ayyapan is Ayyanar and a son, born out of the refugee king Jagaveera Pandiyan (a Tamil king).

    5. Ay kingdom was born out of Pandiya dynasty and Chera dynasty is also Tamil.

    6. Ezhava people in kerala are from Eeladesam (Srilanka), so, they are called Ezhavan (see similarities of the names in Kerala and Srilankan tamila, language accent in Malayalam and Eela Tamil.

    7. Elango Adigal from Kochin wrote Silapathigaram, about Kannagi (present day Bhagavathi).

    8. Present day malayalam letters/script were adopted from Granthamil by Ezhuthachan. Similarities of letters and letters of ‘EAI’, ‘OO’, ‘RHA’, ‘NA’ ‘ZHA’ which are not found in Sanskrit,

    8. Thiruonam and Karali were from festival and fighting techniques of Tamilagam and keralam. We call it Thiru Onam, why we do not call it by Shri Onam?. Thiru is pure Tamil word of Shri (sanskrit word). In the way, Malayalees retained the highest festival with pure tamil word. But, Thironam was celebrated in Tamilnadu, the evidence is in tamil cheyyul pattu. Now, it is celebrated as chitrai onu.

    9. The river in kerala is called Periyarru, why it is not called as Valia Arru?.

    So many things are there to quote that Tamils and Malayalees are one.

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  15. Ms Alakananda is partial in accepting comment other than Mallu. While moderation it is gone out. However, I am Kanya Kumarian from Marthandan want to state some thing. Our Kanya Kumari district from where, the Travancore state, starting place was Thuckalay ( Thai Kottaram was built in 1550) and ended place was Varkalay. From Thuckalay to Varkalay, the ancient people of ours were speaking a language of their own which is still now spoken in places like Marthandam (Thoduvatti), Arunmanai, Kulesekaram, Kaliyakka Villai, Parasala, Panichamudu and many other places in Kanya Kumari district and Trivandrum districts. Nadars in Trivandrum district and upto Kottayam still speak the same language. There is no change in it. But, other people who pretend to be someone (important?) who speak fluent Malayalam?. Answer is no, but mostly sanskritised mixed tamil, now after literature grows, it happens to be Malayalam. But, manipravalam or olimurivu (Manipravalam was a literary style used in medieval liturgical texts in South India, which used an admixture of Tamil (early Malayalam of Kerala) and Sanskrit) we Kanya Kumarian neither speak Tamil or Malayalam. It is a language of our own (Kanya Kumarian). So, please do not be Mallu (Malayalee-Kani) or Pandi (Bull or brave Tamil). We are Kanya Kumarian, now acceptable to both in many way.
    Why the majority People of Kanya Kumari wanted their sides with Tamilnadu?. There is so many reasons. Our forefather told us, when Pattom Thanu Pillai took over the Chief Minister of Travancore after Unnithan after Mar 1948 till upto he was full-fledged CM of Keralam, the majority people in Kanya Kumari district suffered disparities in many forms. For this, struggle by Kunchen Nadar and Marshal Nesamony is proof, because of “Feudalism prevailed in the state of Travancore, and the system protected the socioeconomic and political status of the upper caste only, while the lower castes were exploited in many way”. Here, in Tamilnadu, Kamarajar was CM, who was a trader in Travancore district also supported the movement.
    Leave the raja of Travancore, if Pattom Thanu Pillai’s disparity ruling was not there as CM in Travancore or Kerala, any other moderate or EMS was there, Kanya Kumari would be part and parcel of Keralam. Culture speaks it. People would have sided with Keralam.
    Now, what happen ?. District is neglected culturally, linguistically and geographically. Once, it was said by Mr Karunanithi “Nellai (Tirunelveli) is engal ellai, Kanya Kumari, engaluku thollai”. Even though, the district is improved, came out of many things what was existed previously. We like both Tamil and Malayalee. BUT, WHEN WE GO TO OTHER PART OF TAMILNADU, WE ARE CALLED “MALAYALEE” AND WHEN WE GO TO OTHER PART OF KERALAM, WE ARE CALLED “TAMILAN”. SO, WE ARE NEUTRAL?. YES.

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  16. Why Kanya Kumari parted away from Kerala and why Nesamani led the agitation, because, Pattom Thanu Pillai, CM Kerala gave step motherly treatment to Kanya kumari district. The Kerla CM diverted every income from Kanya kumari to other parts of Kerala. It is the truth. Karunanithi, CM Tamilnadu once said, “nellai engal ellai, kanya kumari engalluku thollai”.
    The district has its own identity and own kingdom originated from Padmanabapuram (Thuckalai to Varkalai). No Mallu and tamil to intervene. We are neither pandi nor mallu.
    We are Kanya Kumari, shown our identity in Kerala and Tamilnadu like JC Daniel, Sathyan, Thikurichi and Kalaivanar, Kumari, Anandan etc… We know both languages and both cultures, but differ from both. leave us alone.

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  17. @binoj kerala was bullied into giving its bread basket…the fact is kerala was not bullied into anything..It was givn as a token of xchange for other districts like palakad. Had it not been for palakkad u people will not even get kanji..it is not fair to say wht u have said Mr. If that the case then the population of tamils in munnar is much higher than mallus..so in that case can we say that now that Tamilians were fooled.. Wht is the point u want to make..ur more intelligent thatn the leaders of that time.I know maluus live their in KK. But u talk as though if they are in majority…ie definitely not the case…there is sizeable population of Nadars in trivandrum, who speak tamil at home..now according to ur logic then trivandrum should be clubbed with tamil nadu…

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  18. @binoj.. kerala was bullied into giving its bread basket…utter nonsense..even now there is a sizeable populatio of tamils in trivandrum..now will encourage any tamil if claims trivandrum as well. the population of tamils in munnar is more than taht of tamils, now what shall we do about it…and what about palakkad…we will give KanyaKumari to u..no harm in caliming something it is ur prerogative, but it is also our prerogative to claim…dont u forget that…

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  19. @satish.. watch this link and u wil understand who believes in violence…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdLADxsKodk

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  20. Where does the question of merging kanyakumari with kerala arise. Just because, there is a misniscule presence of malayalees in kanyakumari, doesnt give them the right to seek merger of kk with kerala. if that is the case , then idukki, palakkad, should merged with Tamizh Nadu. No disrespect to the blogger, but my answer is to those freeks, who are not aware of their own past. Malayalam did not even have its own script five hundred years ago. It was Tamizh which prevailed at that time as the only mode of communication both written and oral ..so Please, and about mullai periyar dam. some one above has written that tamizhs attacked mallus in tamil nadu, it was in retaliation to the actions of mallus in kerala. The kerala youth congress and bjp only kickstarted the issue as accepted by the MP of Kerala..

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  21. Oh my God..wat a BLOG..really superB…after i see this blog i feel proud of u..Admin ur brainy..keep it up..b4 2 years wen i search on net about our beautiful beautiful dist i don’t find anything much more and not in a single page or site..so i decide to do that job..if u r free u can check it http://plastic-knowledge-kanyakumari.blogspot.in/ in this page i try 2 show all our dist wealth,culture,tourist places,phone numbers, and all details in one page..

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  22. kanyakumari is land were both ATHANGOTTASAN (the author of tamil gramer) and AMSHI NARAYANA PILLA (the author of VARIKA VARIKA SAHACHARAE) were born…..!!!

    J. C. Daniel was the first film-maker from Kerala, India. He produced, directed, wrote, photographed, edited and acted in the first film made in Kerala, named Vigathaku
    maran , was also born on 1893 in Agastheeswaram of Kanyakumari district.

    marshal nesamony the famous freedom fighter were also born in KK.

    famous actors in Malayalam film industries like SATHYAN, THIKKURUSHI SUKUMARAN NAIR, SUKUMAARI, famous TV anchor of ASIANET Mr.GOPAKUMAR and many more belongs to our district.

    sorry i dnt know much more in tamil.

    be proud to say that first lottery ticket in INDIA was published and solded in SUHINDRUM…. for the construction of the GOPURAM of suchidrum temple…..!!!

    may great thing were ther in KK. please leave all POLITICAL issues. be kanyakumariyan…. we r differ… neither malayali nor tamiliyan… we r kanyakumariyan’s…… one more thing kanyakumari sea shore has a unique feature to…. the sea water shows 3 colours… kanyakumari is one of the rare place were we can enjoy both sun rise and sun set……!!!!

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    • Yes, all of Kerala belongs to Malayalis , but Kanyakumari belongs to Kanyakumarians only. Stop writing crap ! Kanyakumari is an integral part of TN, politically, culturally and socially ! Go re-read your geography if you have doubts ! 🙂

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      • Sorry, a lot about kanyakumari is integral to the tradition and culture of malayalees.
        political geography does not teach what is culture. there are more nairs in kanyakumari than several districs of Kerala today. but even people in kerala don’t know that.

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    • Good visakh. I am very much agreeing with this comment. Those who claim malayalee today was a Tamil. After sanskritisation by Namboothiri or Tambran (Tamil Brahmin), everything changed. See Tamil Granth from where Malayalam starts to give birth.

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  23. Hi, writer you are really amazing, who cares which is your native, but please dont stop writing blogs. i really appreciate the way you have explained you issues, without making any scratches on both sides.

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  24. http://kanyakumarimalayali.blogspot.com/
    Dear kanyakumari malayalees and author
    pls have a look on this page……

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  25. Thank you alakanada for giving a beautiful post.I born and bought up in kottayam,kerala, last year I visited thiruvattar,kanyakumari district. Then only I understand there is a place mallu land apart from kerela, first I wondered people are talking in malayalam,there is a temple which have a kadhakali mandapam. Keep ur multi melted culture. Kanyakumari really a god blessed land. Once again thanks a lot for thz information

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  26. Hi Guys,

    To read kulasekharam or thiruvattar area(West KanyaKumari) language (mix of tamil and mal and neither), read “Kaadu” novel written by Jeyamohan a tamil writer comes from thiruvaramou.

    All his novels are based on kulasekharam or thiruvattar area people and he has used the local dialect very fluently in his stories

    you can refer his details if you know to read tamil:

    http://www.jeyamohan.in/

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  27. You told if u do not send ur lorries/trucks our state will be ghost place!!!!! What a foolish statement…u r not giving it as a bhiksha rather we are buying it . That’s the income of ur farmers and it state. If we rejects it the poor farmers will commit suicide!!!! Who else will buy ur products does Andrea??/Karnataka?????due to our money U r living. If we do not provide water 5 Tamil nadu districts will become deserts……..

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    • @rahul accept the truth.. thats the end word….!!! no more argument plz… one more thing no farmers in tamilnadu had committed suicide because of his farming stilllll… but in your govt…???? so no arguments on this… accept the truth…..

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    • Rahul, the article is very balanced and true. Let us respect the author.

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    • Not really.. We have quite some population in TN itself who would require the agricultural products..
      Water is a natural resource which you should give it to the people who don’t have it..

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    • Then Stop Buying!!! they will sell those products were there is more need. You can buy what ever you need from other states with extra charges for transportation and etc…If you don’t want to give water then just hold back it in your dams no need to worry about Tamil people, by the way!! how many years could you hold back the water. Rivers are not created by humans, they are part of nature so, no one has the right to claim it as their own.

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  28. You all may continue this discussion in any social networking sites so that more people may come to know about this

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  29. Kanyakumari is heaven.I am Tamil and my parents from border regions in Nellai.Father from Ambassamudran,Mom from Shenkottai and lemme tell you,not only kanyakuamri even the culture in border areas of Nellai are exactly the same as kerala,even though Nellai was always with TN.

    For me Nellai,Tuticorin,Kumari and trivandrum is the same,regardless of state and language.My parents speak Tamil using Sh,Ksh,H, etc etc and ZHa lives on our tongue and for me the culture of even a place as far as Rajapalayam is alien and even the terrain.

    i find this fighting stupid,i can understand cochin and Trichy fighting over diff not KK,Tirunelveli and Trivandrum.

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    • I am Very Sorry to say you that even shencottai, thenkasi is part of our state. Actually From Arabian sea the west Thiru nel vialu (thirunelveli/) East -Kanyakumari the South
      and Gokarnam / kasarkod the North is KERALAM. And I am Proud of My State. You dont know what happened. I am an OLD man saying the truth. Not Like VAiko the blubber.

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      • Im very sorry to say that the entire state of Kerala belongs to Tamil Nadu. Till 400 years back , people in the region now known as Kerala spoke Tamil and it was ruled by the Cheras !

        Kasargod belongs to the Tulu and Kannada people , and not to the Malayalis !

        I’m OLDER than you and speaking the truth , unlike your rubbish , communist politicians !

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  30. @ PinkDolphin But not Kanyakumari.

    Kanyakumari is culturally socially very much developed than rest of TN and on par with kerala in every aspect. If not tell us in which aspect.

    one question: have you ever visted Kanyakumari district? Kanyakumari’s natural beauty in on par with Kerala even better than some districts in kerala.

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  31. Lovely article Alakananda ! Wow you posted it in 2006 and its still raging 🙂

    Any couples out there where one partner is Tamil and the other a Malayalee ? Would love to hear some stories as to what hurdles you faced, social stigma, cultural issues etc.. some funny experiences as well. Actually I am researching material for a movie I intend to make on my Great Grandfather Marshall Nesamony who is mentioned in the article – Things have changed a lot since his time – he lived in a tumultuous period in the region’s history and was a great leader. Some might say he took Kanyakumari away from Kerala, others would call him a freedom fighter – I dont know, but I would like to capture it all in a movie…. any help ?

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    • Hi Sanjith,

      Its nice to see that Marshall Nesamony is your great grandfather …. My great grand father was a lawyer from Marthandam …. I have heard through my mom’s cousins on stories about them and their social role …… There are people who research on KK dist , like ‘Kalanchiyam’ magazine…. I can help you reach out to those historians to get details… My great grandfather had run many schools which turned out to be Government schools later, post independence. He could be from the same period or little elder. Also his wife was Marshall’s relative. There are few elderly people from whom you can get few important details.

      Please share your email id.

      Regards,
      Priya

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      • Hi priya
        Good to hear from you !
        And thanks for offering to help !

        My email id is “dsanjit@yahoo.com”.
        Looking forward to hearing from you.

        Cheers!
        Sanjit

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  32. Kerala is the God own’s land
    Tamizh Nadu is a wasteland, and its cities are just scattered villages.

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  33. Hi everybody,

    I was just surfing net to know how far my birth place (K.K. Dist) captured it’s place in net. Really, I found nothing great about the place, still I feel happy to see this post and the sequence of uninterrupted comments, I thought to be part of that.

    I am in my mid 40’s and was completely in this district for about 20 years since my birth. After another about 25 years, the same emotions that Ms. Alakananda explained drag me back to my place to have the retired life, eventhough I have settled in another city by this time.

    My recent frequent visits and greater involvements makes me to understand that what “KANJIYAN said” is correct as this “Nair complexity” thought process is going on and this minority groups in this district is suffering a lot to maintain the culture and identity.

    Please keep remembering that “Malayalam” in K.K. District is mainly followed by these communities as part of their culture and symbol of identity “Mathrubhasha”.

    Let me thank Ms. Alaka for sharing her sweet memories that touches and walk with like same memories.

    I have to say that her arguement with husband about the greatness of K.K. Dist to TVM is ofcourse what we did years before with many, is enjoyed a great extend.

    Once again thanks everybody for sharing.

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  34. Kerala is a naturally blessed region of India.Not all keralites talk malayalam and not all people talking malayalam reside there. Not all Tamils are Pandis or not all mallus are tea shop labourers and Kanjis. The whole region used to follow tamil culture and for around 1000 years and then for unknown reasons, The current day Kerala evolved to follow its unique Culture. If the Spice rich Kerala today is superior to current TN,then the past TN was Superior to Past Kerala. Future Gujarat will beat Maharashtra….so Gujarat better than Maharashtra? Tamils working in Kerala are unskilled labourers. Kerala’s Unskilled labourers work in Gulf… where they are treated like shit. But Mallus act as if they are superior when they suck.

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    • can see ur arrogance in even a comment, ” If the Spice rich Kerala today is superior to current TN,TN was Superior to Past Kerala” . you are just trying to make a space for urself in the comment dude. first of all there was neither kerala no tn in the past, west of southern india had least relationship with the land on the other side of the western ghat which is now tamil nadu. if you were talking abt the superiority because of cholas or cheras something like that, as they use to speak tamil, ur claim is actually wrong because cheras are the keralaputras who use to leave on the side of arabian sea, and who used the basic of the current south indian language,the so called tamil, and all new 4 languages (malayalam, tamil, telugu and kannada) are those which transformed from the basic language, but your side stick on with the same name and thats it. cheralas always use to have their own culture and superiority, and they were unbeatable, please try to get any of the indian maps which can shows the kerla region under any other power (other than tipus attack on malabar, later became aprt of british madras by the death of tipu) the region which is from south kanyakumari to north malabar). DONT MAKE FAKE MAPS PLEASE, i know u ppl are good in that.

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      • The point is Cheras considered themselves Tamilians and were part of ancient Tamilakam. They were among the 3 powerful Tamil dynasties of the past. They are more related to Tamilians than the present day Malayalis ! Show me one Malayalam work of the ancient Cheras ?

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  35. Hi, i am also a malayalee from thuckalay in kanyakumari district. i am now presently staying at kochi . Quite frankly i consider that it was for the good of the people of kanyakumari that it merged with TamilNadu . The Governence is far better , prices are low and the state of Kerala sucks . Kerala is actually the devils own country . Tamils have a great spirit of unity and brotherhood and also a great love for their mothertongue and motherland. But in Kerala there is no respect for malayalam,it is treated as a second fiddle to english or even hindi . And in Kerala the people dont care for each other and are selfish . So im just proud to tell that i hail from TamilNadu but ma mother tongue is the great language Malayalam. . .

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    • Well said Mr. Rajesh…. I think each and every malayalee hailing from KK dist would accept this…. For the past 30yrs I have been watching this place grow but sadly I dont feel good to see padmanabhapuram palace.. Dayby day its loosing its importance as its not well maintained (as this palace is still under the kerala government and they dont bother about this as its inside TN )…. Also its a sad part to watch we malayalees struggle to maintain our identity and malayalees from kerala dont even recognise us as a malayalee but still we are surviving as a malayalee… World has changed y still stick to old things? comeout and be a human first rather than being a malayalee or tamilian…I FEEL PROUD OF BEING BORN IN KK Dist and to be a part of Tamil Nadu rather than being in Kerala were ppl dont even respect you just because you are from KK Dist and not from part of Kerala…. When they dont care, y do we care about them… Move on folks and we are there for each other and let kerala know that we can survive with out them..

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      • Ayyappan thampy V.V.

        Deepa Mam …… U know one thing ?? If the Padmanabhapuram Palace is administering by TN Govt , It should be looted and TN Govt destroy the Palace and they construct any ” Mani mandapam ” for some worthless people , this should happen …U feel proud of being born in KK Dist its true coz if u meet with an road accident u will be taken to Ananthapuri r KIMS r Medical College in kerala then only u get good treatment or otherwise u will be taken to heaven ….. If u be taken to any one of the Hospitals in great KK Dist ur Parents will be lose u … What is the Present situation of the TN ??? u KNOW ??? No Electricity , Poor Administration , High rate for cheap food in Hotels , Corruption in all departments , and so many …. Please there is no duty to u for care Malayalis in Kerala … No one can beat the State of Kerala … Kerala and its Culture is Unique …

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    • Ayyappan thampy V.V.

      Mr. Rajesh .. Can u please give me your address or ur Mobile number in Kochi r in thuckalay ???? I’m a Criminal Lawyer , Native Place is Kanyakumari Dist … Practicing in Trivandrum District Court … Y u saying that Kerala is Devils own Country ??? Is there any special privilege for u ??? … Who told u that no respect for Malayalam in Kerala ?? U should answer for all these questions … Malayalam and Kerala is my breath u know ….

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  36. Nice post. Am a tamil born in nellai and brought up in Madras. Many tamils consider Kerala as part of old Tamizhakam and a split from Tamil. In the history books, Chera naadu is one of the 3 Tamil dynasties and the map almost resembles the present day kerala. Language is also almost same ( I can understand/read more malayalam than telugu for example ) – resembles much more than any other.

    Am not saying this thinking is correct or not. But the general mentality and the reason behin it (Just like ur musings). This does not show any superiority of Tamils ( I don’t understand, how this wud show superiority or chavunism ). I can understand why Mallu’s get offended (Identity is lost or questioned?!?!). But I do see Tamils have very softcorner over Mallus and having a strong bond compared to any other languages speaking people. Could be my perspective. I don’t see whats wrong with Karuppu Kanjiyan’s statement. Felt bad when lot of ppl diving on him. Sorry, If I have offended anyone’s feeling.

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  37. Hi Alakananda ,
    Thanks for such a wonderful article. I am from Kanyakumari District and love everything about Malayalam & Tamil. I liked your article so much such that I would like to present it in a Malayalam association in the UK.

    Also love, the dialects in the villages surrounding Kerala border. Living in the UK, I still speak those dialects with my wife and children deliberately.

    Regards,
    Kochu

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  38. Well said Sujith!…I think the author has put accross her point very beautifully…Although I am a Tamilian from Kanyakumari..I am actually proud that our slang (and Culture) is different from the rest of Tamil Nadu.To be proud of one’s culture is one thing..to believe that only a certain culture is the best is not in good taste guys!!!

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  39. Senthil has missed the point completely, I am afraid. The original author, if you read her post, is as much in love with Tamil as she is with Malayalam.
    Talking of intruders, are we all not intruders in this strange planet called Earth? Where we did we all come from originally?

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  40. malayalam is the family of dravidan language but the peoples are not now the dravidians are spread allover india speak different language.

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  41. really speak keralits are not son of soil they are not dravidians, they are intruders
    tamils,kanada,, telungu ,are only people son of indian soils
    anti national like u should not
    post like this post

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    • hey cum on Senthil, there are no Aryans or Dravidians now . . we are all Bharathiyas formed by the mixture of the two super races. Politicians use this Aryan Dravidian card for gaining cheap popularity. .Tamils,andhras,kannadigas,malayalis,north indians are all one and the same. .

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  42. Btw , the author here has consistently branded people of TN as pandi.

    Does she know Malayalis are addressed in an even more insulting term in TN?

    TN people call Mallus as kanji(sperm) owing to their devotion to porn movies. 😀

    Anyways, apart from literacy and HDI, Kerala is no match for TN 😀

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  43. Dear Antony,

    Good to know from your post that Malayalam is still not completely dead; you say the death is still some time later.
    Ya, the government school in Thuckalay where I studied doesn’t have a Malayalam division now. When I did my 10th, I stood first in Malayalam in the Thuckalay educational district and the education department gave me a certificate.
    Two other memories of Malayalam from that school: a teacher who taught me Malayalam for a while was a winner of the President’s gold medal. (There was this episode involving me when he became mad at me for saying ‘Thengakkola’ when he said ‘Mungola sakhe’.) There was also this wonderful lady teacher called Rajamma who came to my house when I broke a bone in the football field and was in bed for a fortnight.

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  44. Kanyakumari jillayil malayalam nashtappedaan nammal thanneyyaanu kaaranam. atleast present malayalees in kanyakumari district should take care that there children is learning malayalam in school.

    When I was studying in school our school had 2 malayalam divisions and 2 tamil divisions. But now it is reduced to 1 malayalam and 3 tamil division.

    It is not because government /school management is ignoring malayalam. but most malayalees want there children to study tamil. this is killing malayalam divisons in schools. this will in long term(in recent future) will kill malayalam from kanyakumari.

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  45. Sorry about my earlier comment which went through even as I was thinking.
    The post about Kanyakumari Malayalis’ plight — ippol pandinadayi marikondirikkunna kanyakumari jilla to quote from Gopakumar’s Suchindram Rekhakhal — reminded me of the collective unconscious that I am also a part of. ‘What is often thought but never so well expressed’ to quote Dryden.
    Kathakali in Kalkurichi (from one of the comments), Comorin Film Arts Club, Mithram, the embarassing need to explain your identity to another who speaks the same tongue just because he happens to be from across the newly-drawn boundary, reluctance of those resettled-in-Tvm Kanyakumariites to hide their roots…

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  46. From Kanya kumari

    Hey,
    malayalees are waste people.They all are Caste devils.Be proud to be tamilan.Tamilans are always thalaivans.Be careful malayalees.One thing i like from kerla are beautiful ladies.

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    • you the guys are also keeping your caste.i red so many news in tamil news paper itself.they are fighting for the caste.they killed their own son and daughter for caste.because the chidren loves other caste people.they said its a “gowravaa kolai”.but we never be like this. iam not bargain with you just told the fact happening around you. 1st you make your side clean .

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    • ayya….ippavun jaathi adipadayil TEA kudukira cup select pannavendiya TEA kadaikal tamilnattila irukirathu…. ithai neenga manapoorvamaka maraikireerkal……!!!!!!

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  47. Right man…We Malayalees and Tamils do not fight for a piece of land……We just go and work every where…Tats the secret of our success….Not like Kannadigas who say that they need special Kannadiga bogie in Expresses passing through Karnataka so that they can travel in it with peace…..Kerala provide Kannada education and has also included Kannada items in the Asias largest Youth fest..Yuvanaotsavam….But Karnataka don’t even give Malayalam education for Malayalees residing in Kodagu….What a shame?????

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  48. @Arun

    Even Tamils in palghat do not do like that . Telugus in Chennai don’t do like that .But these Kannadigas in Hosur , Hogenakkal and Erode want these districts to go to Karnataka . If it is Kasargod in Kerala , there are lot more places in TN they lay claim to . Vatal Nagaraj once said Erode , Hosur , Krishnagiri ,Dharmapuri,Hogenakkal and Hosur in TN belong to Karnataka . Take the case of Bangalore , Mysore , Kolar , Kollegal , though Tamils are equal to Kannadigas in population there , they don’t lay claim to those areas . Similarly Malayalis don’t lay claim to Mangalore in Karnataka but these Karnataka bufoons keep layin claim on everythin even if one kannadiga is present thr. x-(

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  49. Well…I did not know that there were so many malayalees in Kanyakumari…..I too was born in a multilinguistic environment…In Kasaragod,which i think was got in exchange for Kanyakumari….Here there is a fair population of Tuluvas,Konkanis and Kannadigas in the Kasaragod Taluk…But 78% of the district population is Malayalees…But unlike Kanyakumari, the Kannadigas of Kasaragod fight for the cause of their language and always want to join in Karnataka(Even though they are minority here).They don’t even think about the Malayalees here(We don’t need their thinking too).But nice to see that Malayalees of Kanyakumari do not behave in this manner…We are peace loving people….So work for the development of TN but still be Malatyalees at heart…Do not be like kannadigas who always want to help Karnataka(Many of them do not even know that they are in kerala; Kannada education is given to them)….Go greetings for all the malayalees of Kanyakumari……..

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  50. thank you B!

    i guess when the issue is one close to ur heart, people cannot help getting serious 🙂 i consciously tried not to while writing this post.

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  51. That was a very beautiful and informative post. I wasnt aware of many things about Kanyakumari and how it’s(was?) a bone of contention between Kerala and Tamil nadu. I am so happy with the way you have explained things without taking the topic too seriously. Its another matter that the commentators have 🙂
    Anywaz thank u once again-Brilliant work.

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  52. Suneeth Kumar TV

    Kaiser,

    Well said – “in the end we are all Indians”.

    There is no dispute here whatsoever. Alakananda has clearly pointed out that the mallus in Kanyakumari have the distinct advantage of enjoying the best of both the worlds. We have the geographical beauty of Kerala and the soothing political climate of Tamilnadu to live in; the classical Tamil and the modern Malayalam to wax eloquent; “thai pongal” and “thiruonam” to celebrate, well it can’t get better.

    By the way, she points out that the Kanyakumari mallus have an edge in “pronouncing” Tamizh as it is supposed to be pronounced. So we easily pass the pronunciation test that used to be doing the rounds when I was in school (in the 70s) – “Vyaazhakkizhamai vaazhaippazham kozhakozhavena azhugi keezhe vizhunthadu” – the “zha” is the 5th alphabet of mellinam. Go ahead take the test.. :-D… (all in lighter vein of course)

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  53. good blog !!

    but be happy kanyakumari is in tamil nadu . we thank you for raisin our literacy levels !!! but we have repaid you by rescuing you from the communists . the little development kanyakumari is undergoing as you say wud have been null had it been with kerala .compare the development tamil nadu is undergoing with kerala. tamil nadu is way ahead in software sector,automobile sector,banking sector,healthcare sector,better universities,better job opportunities,stronger economy et al . kerala is ahead of tamil nadu only in tourism sector and LITERACY rate.

    3 cities in tamil nadu(chennai,coimbatore,madurai) are ahead in terms of development that kerala’s largest city viz. kochi!!!!!!

    2 of the richest cities in india are in tamil nadu based on average income per person (valparai and tiruppur). y wudnt kanyakumari want to be in tamil nadu ? in fact, kanyakumari being in tamil nadu has opened doors to many opportunities for malayalis livin in tamil nadu.

    the ratio of no. of ppl comin to tamil nadu from kerala for jobs is to no. of ppl frm tamil nadu to kerala has a pathetic 95:5 ratio . if kerala was so good , y wud keralaites(not only malayalis) rush towards tamil nadu for job opportunities ? am workin in a s/w company in chennai n guess wot , half the ppl in my team r frm kerala(i luv workin with them) and they keep complainin that the only thing kerala can boast of is literacy !!!!!n btw they do accept communists are annoying!!!

    but in the end , we r all indians 🙂

    keep bloggin!!!

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  54. Nice writing…but where are the pics….

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  55. I’m from Malaysia, where the Tamilians call Malayalees ‘Malayalatan manjal tuni vaitu kalutarutan’ or in short ‘manjal’. It means Malayalees are not to be trusted. Malayalees are also seen as producing sex movies only among the Tamilians. They become the butt of joke if Malayalam is spoken when Tamilians are around. I know Malayalees are called kanji and Tamilians as paandi. It’s really sickening to hear these labels.
    The Tamilians would say ‘Malayalatan varran’ which means ‘Here comes the Malayalatan’ in a sarcastic manner. Among the Tamilians they would use ‘varrar’ which is polite.
    The Nairs are also insulted as ‘Nayee’. It means dog. Nowadays the younger generation Malayalees don’t carry the title anymore.

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  56. Suneeth Kumar TV

    Hi Alakananda,

    Nice to know that you lived in Bangalore, though you may not recognise its current face if that was a more than a decade ago. To use a cliche, it has turned into a concrete jungle.

    Thank you for correcting me. You are right, those dramas I mentioned were organised by Comorin Fine Arts Club. I left Nagercoil in 1983 when Mithram must have been in its early days. It’s indeed sad that Mithram is not very active now. Blame it on television? Maybe. TV has indeed had a big impact on even the family visits to cinemas, leave alone dramas- its poor cousin.

    In the 70s and maybe early 80s, even the temple festivals at my grandmother’s village at Kalkurichi (near Thuckalay) had Kathakali, Ottam thullal and ballets, which are completely missing now. One does get confused at times, whether to accept these changes as inevitable or attempt to bring back the old glory.

    Best regards

    Suneeth

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  57. Hi,

    This is one of the best article I have ever read about Kanyakumari District, the unique cultural island differing entirely from Tamil Nadu Nadu and Kerala. We are proud, being an Cape Comorian’s. I really appreciate your work. We are the sons and daughters of this unique land.

    Now historians say that Tiruvalluvar might have born In KanyaKumari at Valluva Malai. I believe strongly oin this as many words that can only be found in Thirukural. Is still in use in KanyaKumari Tamil.

    God Bless KanyaKumari District!!

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  58. thank you suneeth.

    mithram is still alive, tho not kicking i am sad to say. its rather barely alive. as for the dramas u spoke about, i think you remember the days when comorin fine arts club was thriving, coz the dramas u mentioned were from those days. mithram staged some others in the mid and late eighties.

    i lived in b’lore for a few years too 🙂

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  59. Suneeth Kumar TV

    Happened to drop by here when I was generally browsing. Alakananda, what a wonderful article! It echoes the thoughts of many a fellow Kanyakumari mallu, to the extent if I write anything about my experience it could simply be a repeat of many of your points.

    Though personally I have settled in Bangalore for the past more than 25 years, my roots are still in Kanyakumari district and I make it a point to visit “my place” atleast twice a year. Of course a majority of my relatives are still there including my mother and brother.

    Incidentally, Mr.Sundara Ramaswamy’s son S.R.Sundaram was my classmate in school. He is presently the editor of Kalachuvadu. After school I met him just once at Bangalore when he was doing his engineering here.

    As you have rightly mentioned, I too have always considered being a Kanyakumari Mallu, an advantage rather than otherwise. Having the ability to speak both the languages (Tamil & Malayalam) fluently when I landed in Bangalore, I could pick up Kannada with much more ease than the Kerala Mallus or the “Tamilian Tamils”. A little bit of work on the accent and I was through.

    Is Mithram still active? I remember having gone to quite a few “natakam”s when I was in school thanks to Mithram- including N.N.Pillai’s Kapalika and Thoppil Bhasi’s Kaiyum Thalaiyum Purathidaruthu, and one of O.Madhavan.

    Kanyakumari district still remains my dream destination for settling after retirement.

    Thank you for the beautiful article.

    Best Regards

    Suneeth

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  60. thank you ayyappan thampy for dropping by and your comments. 🙂

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  61. V.V.AYYAPPANTHAMPY

    Hai ! Mam i read ur post again & again …. super Ur message is very useful to youngsters & students (Malayalis) in kanyakumari dist…. Most of them including me didn’t have correct knowledge about November 1st. But now i got it . Lot of thanks to u mam..

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  62. hi deepa,
    thnx for visiting, and the comment. yes, u said it. we have our own unique identity. 🙂

    shikha,
    sure i remember u. u commented first on my ‘motherhood’ post 🙂
    am home for a few days and hmm, ur comment makes me want to include a trip to mathoor paalam…

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  63. Hey, Alakananda, remember me ;).
    Just read Deepa’s comment that talks about Thripparappu falls – had been there last year and found it incredibly beautiful, a place. The bridge near the falls (the highest one I think?) is breathtaking. And I had to comment.

    I’m pretty saddened by the whole notion – of people in Kanyakumari feeling left out and neither here nor there. (This is unfair!!) Sadly, this is not easy to understand till someone expresses it out like you’ve done.

    And this is true!! I know, esp. since my bro-in-law is from there too. I think I’ve seen a similar confusion once in a while in his demeanour… and he’s had to study Tamil in school too… so he did mention that it was confusing for him and his bro to be learning Malayalam at home and then use Tamil everywhere else.

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  64. Hi

    Read ur post. I too have experienced the same dilemma many times. We celebrate neither Onam nor Deepavali in its usual pomp and splendour. When malayalees talk about the rituals of Onam celebrations I go dumb most of the time as there is no pulikali or thumbithullal or any other game connected with Onam in K.K Dist or at least the place where I stay. . Similarly when Tamilians speak of Deepavali and Pongal, the kanjivarams they wear on this occasion,burning of crackers and preparing of sweets I think I am an alien in Tamil Nadu. For us both of these festivals mean the films telecasted in television from dawn to dusk.The ignorance of the festivals customs and tradition of ‘pucca’ mallus and tamils brought in a sort of inferiorty complex on me during my teens and I was always tongue tied in the midst of mallus from other parts of kerala or tamils from interior Tamil Nadu. But overtime as age progressed I started to love my beautiful district with its all positives and negatives. The various beautiful places including Thirparappu falls,Padmanabhapuram, Mathoor palam etc. are really an asset to my dear place. Let us not get entangled in the vain pride of being Malayalees or some one not considering us a malayalee. We have our own dignity and let us proudly say we are Kanyakumari people instead of being bracketed as Tamil or Malayalee

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    • Kanyakumari is part of Tamil Nadu, hence you are Tamil people. If you feel otherwise, with a tilt towards Kerala , why not go back to Kerala ?

      What is wrong in embracing Tamil culture ? Haven’t Palghat Tamilians learnt to embrace Malayalam ?

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      • annachi…. you can claim kanyakumari as TN… politicaly u can say it…… its a amalgamation of two cultures…. no one claim for there name… we are differ…. we cant have proper tamil or proper malayalam…. got it…. we use ANNA as well as CHETTA…. PONGAL as well as PUTTU…. can a keraliet or a tamiliyan have this…???

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  65. V.V.AYYAPPAN THAMPY

    Hai ! Alakanandha nice post I’m from kannyakumari dist (malayalee). I got acurrate knowledge from your post . ok ! thank you very much

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  66. Even, I am a Kanyakumari Mallu.. the post was very excellent.. the problems faced by Kanyakumari Mallus are expalained very clearly here..

    I was lucky to study Malayalam Medium in School.. In and around Kollemcode(my native place) still there are lot of Malayalam medium schools ..and every English medium school has Malayalam as second language.

    When I was studying Engineering in Nagercoil, I was surprised to here questions from Kerala malayaless like “Hey, you are from tamil nadu.. and why are you talking malayalam?”.. “Hey.. why are you reading malayalam news paper?”.. and “How do you know malayalam?” they feel like malayalam is only Kerala’s language..and there questions are like I have stolen there language and speaking it…

    The surprising fact is that many of my collegemates (kerala mallus) from Trivandrum & Ernakulam studied Advanced English/French/Hindi as second language in school.. they dont even know to read/write malayalam.. and they ask me(i studied in malayalam medium from 1st to 10th standard) such silly questions like “How do you know to malayalam?” & “Why you are speaking malayalam?”..

    The Keralites should understand that there are Native malayalam speakers outside Kerala too.. (as per my knowledget atleast in Kanayakumar,Nilgiri & Chennai in Tamil Nadu).. Even in Chennai there are native malayalam speakers who moved from Malabar(previously part of Madras state) before state reorganization in 1956.

    Also, Keralites should understand that if they study French/Hindi in school, and dont even know to write/read malayalam, they cannot be considered as mallus, they can only be cosidered as keralites..

    Being a Kanyakumari Mallu, I like Malayalam (my mothertoungue).. but definitely I am in no way linked to Kerala (except the fact that kanyakumari was part of kerala before 1956.. i was not born at that time)..Kerala is just another state for me …

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  67. alak, hanging on to the lat line of your Apr11 response- (“understand our neighbours better”) in ur case , the neighbour is YOU! adding confusion to dilemma?

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  68. Nice post Alaka. Can somewhat relate to it.

    Although i was born and brought up in Maharashtra, but the Question “what is ur native place? can never leave us. And when i reply “kanyakumari”, the usual next question, but how, u r a malayali na?

    Well, on one occassion i was really perplexed, when one of my malayali friend- a proper Thrissur nativite asked me “But what is your connection with kerala?” It really touched a sensitive chord in me, as its very difficult to dissociate oneself from the beautiful kerala, being a malayali..

    But as u said we are happy being the best of both worlds and atleast dont take up placards demanding a seperate state. That shows our beautiful accomodative nature..

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    • Like Tamilians will let you hold a placard , demanding separate state ? If you’re unhappy about your Tamilian identity, pack your bags and go off to Trivandrum.

      There are more Tamils in Bangalore, Tirupathi, Idukki and Palghat, than there are Malayalis in Kanyakumari. But do you see Tamils talking utter non-sense like you Malayalis are talking here in this blog , as if having Kanyakumar was your god given right that was snatched away from you by Tamils ?

      You have your own state, Kerala. Feel free to migrate there if you want Malayalam to be made your district language or if you want your language to enjoy parity of status. Because this is Tamil Nadu meaning Land of the Tamils , not Land of the Malayalis !

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      • Gentleman, sorry to let you know that you have not understood the dynamics of Kanyakumari district. Have an exposure and you will withdraw your comments here.

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  69. Hi Alaka,

    It was great. Iam also a Kanyakumari mallu and thanks for expressing on behalf of us. Thanks Sreejith for forwarding this to me.

    regards,

    Prem Shankar

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  70. nice to see the beauty of kanyakumari in words

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  71. hi babu,
    missed ur comment. it was somehow caught in my spam queue. dunno why. saw it only today and de-spamed it.
    hmm, so now i am to blame for the comments here. :)) well, when i posted this, i did expect some unsavory comments. believe me, i have had some pretty abusive comments which i chose to delete for obvious reasons. kanjiyan’s comment was really mild and well, my reply was intended to be light hearted too. that’s the point u see, when u say something, the tone is right, but when u put it down, the tone absolutely is lost in translation. i definitely did not hope to start off a comment war with that. and like i mentioned, i have no intention of kindling any unwanted fires.
    let us all take it in the right spirit and like u said, understand our neighbours better :))
    peace out you all!

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  72. thank you sreejith. its heartening to hear from people like you, who would have had the same experiences like i did.

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  73. Dear alaka
    u r post is amazing really u written what in my mind… actually i have this thoughts but i don’t know make the thoughts in words… but u did it so thanks to u …i will forward this post to all of my friends….thank u once more….

    cheers sreejith.

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  74. thank you satish for dropping by and the detailed comment. nice to know that such a spirit of brotherhood exists between the tamilians and malayalis in the gulf. actually my article was only intented to lightheartedly poke fun at both and celebrate both cultures. afterall, beneath it all we have a much stronger bond. atleast, that’s what i believe. unfortunately, some people use it as a venue to sling mud. but that is always to be expected. let’s magnanimously forgive them :))

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  75. hi satheesh et al,
    when alak said in the Jan 03rd response ” u totally missed the point didn’t ya? need i say more? ” it should have been a full stop!
    but i would partially blame alak to have allowed this tangential (totally missing the point of this blog) path assumed by the commenters,
    with the July 23 comment “like i did not know. we are pretty aware of it. meanwhile why don’t you just go try a bowlful of hot kanji and payar.” alak started it. Note the transition from 1st sentence where alak usues the word “I” and in the 2nd sentence its the dangerous “we” ! The bait was taken there!

    Now that the path has been defined, i would join too with my comments. Whoever claims superiority (for that matter inferiority) based on race, language would be treading the dangerous path laid by hitler. Of course tamils are more emotional and keralites( hope my choice of word to imply those living in kerala is correct) approach things more rationally. That is not because of the fact that they happen to have their birth in respective geographical positions- Neither because of them continuing their lives there. It is because of the social conditions in existence in current times. This emotianal/ rational approach cannot be applied for those who inhabited these areas say 100 years ago. I agree with satheesh about the compassion with which keralites approach fellow tamils (only those who are below them in social and economic conditions) but thats not because of any good hearted brotherly bonding (if thats the case the same approach should be extended to suffering north indians) but to suit and satisfy keralite’s sense of superiority. Being a person with roots (and life itself) spread all over (more in kerala and tamil nadu) and no definite sense of rootedness,i could trust my perspective on this issue.

    All those who create a linguistic boundary to fight (and defend languages)getting on either side, did you realise that both the languages are more than willing to be encroached upon by ANOTHER language ie, english. Did you ever give a thought to why both these languages dont have words in circulation for expressing the most profound of the feelings like “SORRY” “THANK YOU” etc. Is that because our fore fathers didnt have these feelings at all , we had to import suitable words ? Try using , for a change tamil / malayalam words to replace these most commonplace words in your day to day affairs- it would look so odd! We have lost to “mummy ” and “daddy” longa ago!
    The more we move away from our languages, the more we assert ourselves defending the language – from others. We paint even issues remotely connected to lanuage with a linguistic tone. We need to convince ourselves that we are defending the language,which by ignoring WE are killing.
    So, sateesh, kanjiyan, alak, beeyes — you all go back to your roots, your language, feel it, love it and most of all understand it – to have a better understanding of yourselves. once u have this understanding u will realise that u have understood your neighbour.

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  76. karuppu kanjiyan, a tamil fanatic, who disguised himself as a malayali to express his displeasure at the very existence of the malayalam language and malayali culture is representative of tamil chavunists who r no better than the hindi zealots of the north. It is people like these who create problems for tamils in malaysia, kerala and karnataka{ i agree that tamils in SriLanka do have genuine grievances} I belong the state of kerala. Trivandrum,where I stay during leave from my workplace ,Dubai, has a large population of tamils who r free to send their children to Tamil schools. There is a govt tamil school half a kilometre away from my house. Not even a single Tamilian was attacked in retaliation for the attacks on malayalis in various parts of TN during the Mullaperiyar bandh/hartal.We do not believe in solving the Mullaperiyar issue by attacking Tamils in our state or by stoning or torching TNSTC buses or vehicles with TN number plates.In fact Dubai has a huge malayali presence and a miniscule Tamil presence{most tamils in Dubai r from kanyakumari district and speak both tamil and malayalam}. I say from personal experience that the numerically weak tamils in Dubai r not subject to exploitation by the barbaric Arab employers primarily because the powerful malayali organisations take up the case of aggrieved Tamils with the govt or indian embassy with the help of malayalis in influential positions.We malayalis in the Gulf countries do not feel like doing it when a person from North India is in the same position. We have always seen Tamils as brotherly neighbours with whom we have much in common.We r not foolish to say that malayalam has more letters and sounds than tamil and hence is superior to tamil.Nor would we be happy to ridicule tamils for the inability of the vast majority ot tamils to pronounce the letter”zha” .As Kanjiyan certainly knows most tamils say “tamilan” for “tamizhan” ,”palam for “pazham” and “kalagam” for “kazhagam”.We believe in respecting another persons language and culture even if they have nothing in common with ours. For Kanjiyan to say that malayalam is not an independent language and that kerala has always been a part of tamil land is going a bit too far and it is this attitude of tamils that create problems for them in karnataka, kerala and malaysia .If tamils believe in a false sense of superiority ,then why blame the sinhalas in SriLanka for being under the illusion that tamils r an inferior people who can at best be slaves of sinhalas. While condemning the sinhalas let me remind my tamilian brother kanjiyan not to be a “TAMILIAN SINHALA”.May better sense prevailon kanjiyans.

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  77. beeyes, i wish. i really wish. but i know that’s just wishful thinking! 🙂

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  78. ah! i can see the “mulla poompodi” effect on ur posts! 🙂
    keep writing.

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  79. thank you beeyes. yes, only someone from there would fully appreciate what i wrote about. as for that rustic melodious language, it is fading away as more ‘stylish’ versions are taking their place. and did u know i lived just a 5 minute walk away from sundara ramaswamy’s house?

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  80. That was a nice blog, worth the dilemma. (or shall i say the beauty- of being here and there ; and nowhere ). u have touched almost all the finer (and not so fine ) aspects behind the moment’s indecisive silence before i answer the question “where u from?” . Would like to elaborate one dying feature of our area specific language. People who have moved from TN to TVM (those who live in and around E’fort ) have religiously maintained their language. Malayalis who were left behind in the officially discarded KK still cling to thiers, albeit within their domestic confines. But, the rustic, melodious language (with some words from malayalam , some from tamil and more from neither )that is so unique to the villages bordering kerala is almost extinct. Our own Sundhara Ramaswamy in his “Oru Puliyamarathin Katahai” has glorioulsy photographed the virgin language. The novel even has a KKslang to tamil dictionary in the last pages!

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  81. hello sir/madam.

    it’s a nice dilemma..

    i was faced some of these in my college life at tirunelveli…

    nice thought..

    Take care of Talayalam peoples..

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  82. karuppu kanjiyan,
    u totally missed the point didn’t ya?
    need i say more?

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  83. Karuppu Kanjiyan

    I don’t understand this manaankattu between Tamils and Malayalees. I am a Malayalee, but I consider myself same as a Tamil……why? Because historically Kerala NEVER was Malayalam speaking, it was Tamil land. It was the verum-thendigal Namboodirimar, and Nairs who created this complexity in Kerala, trying to destroy the Tamil identity in Kerala. They tried, but slowly I see the Tamilness coming back in Kerala, fellow Malayalees know what I mean. We’re not any different from Tamils, we basically look the same, dress the same…
    Hey I wear a nice mundus (vetti), with a huge zari borders, along with my pulinagams (tiger nails laid in gold), and not to forget my green money belt (the one with yellow pockets, that trend was started by Malayalees then to Tamils). We are all one.
    To you chetta-pattigal Malayalees who think you are better, better wake up and smell the appam, you are not better than Tamils. This is coming from a Malayalee.

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    • u r not mallu ;), mallus can identify mallu-english too ;-), urs is not manglish. too much alienated from manglish 😉

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    • Dai Karuppu Kanjiyan Tamilians and Malayalees look different. At least 80 per cent Malayalees have totally different looks from Tamils. We are different people. Our language has taken more from Sanskrit. We don’t share your anti Hindi stand. There was mention of Keralaputras in Emporer Asoka’s mysore edict. So Kerala existed during Maurya days as well. Dai Kanjiyan accept diversity or else…..

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      • Your language is nothing but ancient tamil mixed a bit with sanskrit…Keralaputras at that time did exist no doubt, but not as malayalam speakers but tamil speakers the same ashoka also mentioned that the kerala putras speak a distinct language called tamil..

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  84. apology accepted. no offence taken if none meant.

    anyway, for ur info, kanji or congee, asian rice broth is served on board luxury cruises and airplanes as a gourmet dish. of course garnished with seafood/meat/nuts etc. it is also the food eaten by most martial arts warriors in far east. martial arts- kalaripayattu-mallus… see the connection here?

    on the simpler side, it is considered the ‘chicken soup’ of the east. #1 comfort food and best food for invalids/old people etc.
    personally i think nothing can be as good and relaxing as a nice hot bowl of kanji on cold rainy nights or when you come back home tired after a looooong journey. u shd try it sometime in case u haven’t.

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  85. Pls read sorry if i had done so.

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  86. U r way ahead in what? groupism? CONJI is considered as a Govt meal in prisons only
    By the way i dont want to make racist comments here sorry i had done so.

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  87. listen, i grew up playing PANDI with my friends. and i must say i really enjoyed it. why i even play it sometimes these days with my kids.

    oh and by the way did u know that CONJI (KANJI) is considered a gourmet meal these days? we’re way ahead huh?

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    • @alakananda .. mam mallus started calling tamils as pandies inthe sence of PANI NADU… it means land under pandiya kingdom… latter it derived shortely as pandi……..!!!!

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  88. Ya sure i can try that meantime why dont u try playing PANDI with ur pals

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  89. oh REALLY! KANJIYAN! like i did not know. we are pretty aware of it. meanwhile why don’t you just go try a bowlful of hot kanji and payar.

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  90. All u mallus be aware as u call Tamils as pandi Tamils call u as KANJI

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  91. Dear Madam,

    Read your writing regarding the dilemma. I am a Malayalee from Kanyakumari District. I was fortunate to have learnt Malayalam there. I stand witness to the humiliation that a Malayalee would pass through if born in Kanyakumari.

    Recently I was worried that the opportunity to learn Malayalam in Kanyakumari would be deprived of for ever, thanks to the language policy introduced by the Tamilnadu Govt. In this connection I had corresponded with one retired judge of the Supreme Court. He, in the reply, suggested that the linguistic minorities do enjoy certain rights, like learning mother tongue, requiring documents to be registered in mother tongue (as against the official language of the state) and so on. Kanyakumari District Malayala Samajam has filed a writ petition in Madras High court regarding the latest development.

    The plight of a Kanyakumari Malayaee can’t be blamed only on the state government. The Malayalees in Kanyakumari, governed by a thought that learning Tamil would bring them government jobs, sought to learn Tamil in preference to Malayalam. As late Prof. Guptan Nair had correctly said that there should be an exhibition of the very need for Malayalam as a language if Malayalam needed to be preserved in our District. Awareness to this effect needed to be initiated.

    The piece you wrote was excellent and deserves wide reading.
    I stop here with an assurance that I would be happy to join you in any initiative you take to preserve our mother tongue on our soil.

    My email id: sudhirnambi@yahoo.co.in

    Regards,
    SudhirKumar A.G

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  92. hai dear one,
    proud to see the posting, good work, being a kumariyan mallu, my hats off to the authour. i have passed such a situation that, when i had been there in interior tamil nadu, i had the treatment as malayathan. when i crossed tvm i had been treated as pandi / annachi. hence i proceded to mumbai where i was madrasi. now am in uae as an indian. why we all are devrsifing ourself??? any how good work. this might open some narrow mind to a broder.. hope for the best.

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  93. good thinking..carry on

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  94. there are many schools which teach malayalam as second langauge in and around kuzhithurai(kanyakumari district).thanks for your very nice work.its a must for all guys in kerala should read this and send one copy to kerala and tamilnadu government……….

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  95. Early this year I traveled from Trivandrum to Kanyakumari. I was really saddened to see Travancore heart land transformed into being part of TamilNadu.

    I strongly believe Kerala was bullied into giving up its breadbasket by Tamil politicians and North Indian politicians. Just like Kerala is being bullied on the Mullaperiyar issue; Kerala was bullied and forced to giving up Kanyakumari district. The locals I talked to wished to be part of Kerala.

    I was somewhat happy to see the huge sign for Kerala house. Kerala government should turn that building into a Travancore museum to remind the people that they are actually in Travancore and not TamilNadu.

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  96. Hi Shiva,

    Thank you for the response to my blog. Yes, today there are plenty of schools in Nagercoil which teach Malayalam as the second or third language. But this is a very recent development. When I was in school, there wasn’t a choice. Why, believe it or not, i didn’t even have a chance to learn Hindi in school. Anyway things are much better now. Times have changed and so has the thinking of people.

    Alakananda.

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    • Mam the sitaution may have changed in tamil nadu, but that is not the case as far as Kerala is concerned. There is a siezable population of tamils in many districts of kerala like Idukki, palakkad, and even Trivandrum, But dont they study malayalam as their first language. Like the nairs of kanyakumari, the Nadars of trivandrum speak tamil but havent they imbibed so much from the malayalam culture..That is the law of the land mam.. you have to learn the language of the state first only then the rest. Population of tamils is more than the population of kannadigas in bangalore, but it is mandatory to learn kannada here ony then tamil. Same is the situation in KGF, Mysore etc…so please mam u are not prohibted from practising ur culture and speaking ur language, but not at the cost of the language of the land.. in tamil nadu, the state declares holiday on the eve of onam..but what about kerala there is no holiday for pongal…the population of mallus iin tamil nadu is somewhere around 40 and they have led their life peacefully so far. but how many times tamil laboureres in kerala was subjected to attrocities, leave the case of mullai periyar, but there was even a case where a tamil native was striped publically in allapuzha by both men and women, who mistook her for a thief. people who consider themselves to be the most intelligent and highly literate in the country..only to find out later that the lady did not snaffle anything. This news was broadcasted in asianet news..but non in kerala raised their voice. y? just because she was a tamil, and all those who indulged in the henious crime went scott free…U talk of hindi. let me tell u one thing, i was bon in begaluru raised in delhi, ancestory is from pallakad but my mothertongue is tamil. my situation is tantamount to urs. In delhi there are many south indian schools, 7 tamil schools, 4 malyalam schoos, 3 telugu and 2 kannada school..but in all these schools one thing is common that they should learn hindi first only then the rest. In fact in kerala school after class VIII hindi is mandatory and no place for malayalam..this is the situation all over the place…not kk alone.

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  97. It was a good post.. well my grandpa(native of Kanyakumari district and a Tamil) learnt Tamil at home b’cos all the schools taught the lessons in malayalam. But this was before India’s independence.. But to my knowledge there are many schools beyond Nagercoil where Malayalam is still being taught as a second language.. could be wrong though..

    Shiva

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