What is your favorite Malayalam word/phrase? Why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I use a lot of Malayalam slang words and phrases in my daily banter… some of them are native to Ernakulam and Tripunithura, while some are picked up from my dad’s native place, Thrissur-Palakkad border, and thereabouts. Uvva! (ഉവ്വ ) This is like saying ‘Yeah right!’… intense sarcasm intended. Oh…

What are some things that look easy but are difficult?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Telling people exactly what you feel. And I mean exactly what you feel. Even if you absolutely despise someone, you might have to behave civilly with them and even compliment them on that dress they’re wearing, even if you think they look like an ostrich in high heels. (No offence…

Are you an open book?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Oh yes I am. A book like Tom Riddle’s diary, though. People are free to write what they wish to… maybe paint a pretty picture too. But what you will see in the book will depend on what the book wishes to reveal to you. At times it may appear…

What is something you pretend to understand, but really don’t?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Computer Specifications Despite the fact that we had a paper on basic computing in Grade 8 where we had to study all the terminologies and actually write an exam on it. I even went on to become an engineer. And yet, I don’t understand head or tail of the entire…

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” is often said to be the most famous movie line in English. What is the most famous line in your language?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Malayalam movie watchers are notorious for bringing in cinema dialogues into daily banter. This is probably because Malayalam cinema is all about reality and real-life situations. Unrealistic cinema is not welcome in Malayalam and one of the prerequisites for a movie to succeed at the box-office is the degree to…

In what genres do Bollywood films excel?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Bollywood cinema has certain base concepts that they package in new bottles and serve generously to generations after generations of movie-goers… Stories based on ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Cinderella’ Any movie based on these two base concepts work like a charm! Right from ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’ and ‘Qayamat Se…