If you are Malayali who hasn’t been in Kerala except during summer vacations or for a wedding, you know you miss your roots. In an age where most youngsters find it embarrassing to flaunt their mother tongue and praise their culture, Malayalis openly embrace their uniqueness. Many of us are scattered around not just India but abroad as well. But, you will hardly find any of them not getting excited for Onam or drool at the mention of ‘payasam’.
Malayalis worldwide have certain phrases that, when mentioned, takes them straight to their native towns. These phrases when heard in public, never fail to bring a smile on their faces.
#1 Malayali Aano?
If a fellow Malayali gets the slightest hint that you are one too, be ready to embrace, ‘Malayali aano?’ (Are you a Malayali?).
#2 Naattil Evideya?
Once it has been confirmed that you are indeed one, boom follows this which translates into, “Which part of Kerala are you from?”. Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Kochi etc will either introduce you to a new neighbour or will let you bond over mutual friends!
#3 Ayala Varuthath und, Karimeen Polichath und
Fish delicacies from any Malayali household are nothing less than beautiful art. This phrase, which is also a popular song, tells you about the different kind of fish food items that are ready to eat RIGHT NOW!
#4 Naattil nalla mazhaya
If you haven’t seen the glorious beauty of Kerala during monsoon, it’s about time to add it to your bucket list. This phrase which means, “Monsoon is pretty great back at home” is sure to make any Malayali smile.
#5 Nammal Malayalis
Two words that mean,”Us Malayalis” is all you need to make that unbreakable bond of friendship with a fellow mate.
#6 Puttu Kadala
Malayalis have their food game pretty high. ALL THE TIME. This simple breakfast dish of steamed rice flour served with piping hot black chickpea curry is all the inspiration you need in life!
#7 Entha Parupaadi?
The Malayali version of ‘what’s up’ is any day, the best conversation starter ever.
#8 Veettilekk varutto!
Come home. This is exactly what every Malayali ever wants to do- go home, back to our roots, back to where we belong.
So Malayalis, entha vishesham?