I would have subscribed wholeheartedly if I were not aware of some niggling exceptions and by a strange stroke of fate , had married one of them ! My colleague promptly labelled him a traitor who threatened to defame the image of
the esteemed Malllu male.
These endearing characteristics apart, there is another one which caught my attention.
As I finished narrating an interesting incident to an audience and waited for the reaction, the gentleman spoke ‘Malayalee aano’ (Is he a malayalee? ). I scratched my head, as the origins of the persons featuring in the incident would have been a matter of no further consequence, with no bearing to the central theme of what I was trying to narrate.
That was my first. Since then and after several such occurrences, I was more experienced in Mal matters and understood the unspoken truth….A malayalee is always in search of another malayalee.
An average malayalee (non-malayalee spouse included) is expected to keep a detailed count and whereabouts of all malayalees in the vicinity – Number of malayalees living in the Apartment, Number of malayalees at work place, Number of malayalee intellectuals, Number of malayalee CEOs , Number of malayalee politicians…..the list is endless.
Birds or ‘Beards’ in Mal-tounge , of the same feather do flock together..but do all beards which flock together have the same hair err..feather..huh.
And finally when a malayalee does meet another, its instant bonding..starting with ‘Malayalee aano ?’ (Are you a malayalee ?) which is normally a redundant question the moment or at times even before the first word is spoken, if you know what I mean.
‘Naadu evide aannu’ (Where is your native ?) and the usual barrage of Mal to Mal questions/answer session. Frantic nodding , smiling and after 5 minutes, you can’t tell them apart !
On certain occasions, even the genealogy is traced when suddenly, the voices resonate in unison as a certain Shekhara Menon of Kottayam is found to be related to both parties.
I am inclined to think that the word ‘M-seal’ is derived from the glue like bonding observed between 2 Mals.
This bonding is much better observed in foreign locales where the density of the mallus is slightly lower than the number of crows in Gods own country.
Lot of tricky situations are made less trickier and sticky situations less stickier , thanks to the Mal-Connect !