this is not a harangue against mallus

still… what the heck!
the disclaimer first. i don’t hate mallus. i am married to one, and most of my friends are malayalees.
but i’ve really started noticing them as a unique entity only after coming to the Gulf (gelf, if you please).
it annoys be when the respond ‘kerala’ when someone asks them where they are from… and i don’t mean queries from fellow indians. even if you specifically ask them which country they are from, they say ‘kerala’.
at my arabic class, when we were talking about postal systems, and i referred to the indian one, this ‘effing’ M tells the class, “oh, it is the same even in Kerala.”
i wanted to kick her where it hurts, as the class of mixed nationalities looked incredulously at the two of us in class. After all, aren’t we from the same country.
yesterday, a new colleague asks me which country i was from. i was amazed. my name, looks, accent are enough to tell the guy i am from the same country as him. when i asked him why he would ask me such an inane question, as if it weren’t obvious, he actually had the gall to say. “Oh not many malayalees in the office. so i thought you were from some other place… madras or something.”
and people think i’m prejudiced when i come down hard on these folks.
**repeat disclaimer :)**


9 thoughts on “this is not a harangue against mallus

  1. Blogeswari says:

    Mallus are totally totally annoying, self-obsessed lot.You introduce two mallus and they’ll completely leave you out of the conversation asking each other “WHAT’S YOUR SONDHA OOR..” (and invariably the answer will be kannoor)… UGGGH!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I can’t make out why people are so angry with malayalis. The ones I know are very intelligent and lovely people. I suppose it has to do with the malayali’s rather justified superiority complex vis-a-vis other Indians.

    your blog is much civilized than the ones run on the similar lines by some “obnoxious weeds” from some Kuwait school.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ll be the first to admit that mallus are by far the most racist group…we come from the daityas and as a rule of thumb view all others as lessers, granted its backwards thinking, but history has its perks.

  4. yoyo says:

    the best is when you ask them something… irrespective of whether they know the answer or not, they will shake their head with a wierd and irritating smile on the face, which almost makes you believe that they have understood the question… its only a little later you realize that you were talking to a dumb wall.

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