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…

If you were royalty, what would your name be?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: In the state of Kerala in India (where I’m from), there is a specific procedure for naming royalty. Kerala had three or four principal kingdoms but only two major royal families – the royal families of the kingdoms of Travancore and Cochin. If I’d been born into the Travancore Royal…

What are the names of a few forgotten brands in Kerala?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Maybe they still exist but they aren’t as popular today as they were while I was growing up. Okay, I’m getting all nostalgic now as memories of all those ads come flooding into my mind… Radhas Soap It was almost a ritual for any new-face movie actress to pose with…

Is Vasuki, the Lord of Patala Bhumis, married?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I believe that He is very much married. In all Nair ancestral homes, it was customary to have a serpent grove in the woods around the house. The idols kept for worship in these groves are those of Nagaraja (Vasuki), Nagayakshi and several other smaller idols representing their daughter, Nagakanyaka,…

How exciting is the life of a teen in Kerala?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Ah! That’s an interesting question. For the sake of answering this question, let’s just talk about the average Malayali teenager… not the rare hip and happening ones. Age 13…Grade 8…HIGH SCHOOL! The age at which alarm bells go off in the heads of most parents. It’s time for their ‘children’…