“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…

Do Kerala Christian girls drinks alcohol?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I’m not sure why I was A2A-ed on this, but anyhow I’ll share my views. The word ‘alcohol’ is a very broad term, esp. if it is a question being asked to a person like me who is a Polymer Engineer. Let’s not even go there. From a lay person’s…

What are some traditional (pure) Malayalam names?

Like ആർച്ച, ആരോമൽ, ചിരുത, വെളുത്ത, അമ്പിളി. Good if one could provide origins for them like ചിരുത=ചിരുതേയി=ശ്രീദേവി Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: There are some from very long ago. I have heard from my family elders that back in the days, the Namboothiri Brahmins did not permit anyone not belonging to their caste to put Vedic…

Given a choice, which region would you prefer to settle down in India?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A 🙂 I won’t even have to think twice for this one. It’ll only be my own hometown, Tripunithura. There’s nothing very fancy or glamorous about this little township, and I don’t have any flashy photographs to share. But it’s the only place in the world…

How healthy are South Indian foods?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Malayali here. And I’ll base my answer exclusively on foods we take on a regular basis in Kerala. Kerala cuisine is one of the healthiest of all Indian cuisines, thanks to extensive use of steam cooking as opposed to deep frying and the choice of…

Is it racist for someone to ask “where are you from originally”?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A, Riddhiban. Well, there are two ways of looking at this. One is definitely the way that is implied in the details section of the question itself…the stereotyping. There’s no escaping that. Willingly or unwillingly, when people know where you are ‘originally from’, they will subconsciously…

Why are average Keralites fairer than other average South Indians?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Well, the people of Kerala are just as diversely colored in various shades of coffee as their counterparts in other states. I guess the only difference here is that you see more of cappuccino and less of espresso and that is mainly because of the…

What is like to be born in a Malayali family?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Even though I was raised entirely outside of India, my mom has done an amazing job of making our home feel like somebody uprooted a piece of Kerala and brought it here ^_^ Even if you live in a culture where having cornflakes and fruits…