Thursday, August 30, 2012

The coconut tree and the people of Kerala

There is this coconut tree somewhere in the dense mythical realm of Kerala - every Malayali knows it exists, but no one has seen it, no one knows where it actually is. Every Malayali speaks about it, every Malayali knows the man who climbs it, every Malayali also knows that the man springs up the tree for the flimsiest of reasons, but no Malayali can recall the story behind it.

For the sake of each Malayali on Earth, the man clambers up the tree and stays there, sometimes frequently, sometimes rarely, and for every single Malayali he has stayed atop the tree at least once.

If you are a Malayali, you know by now that the name of the coconut-tree-climber is Sankaran, and that his job is to climb up the tree whenever a Malayali finds himself or herself back to square one.

One of these days I will cut down that darn coconut tree.

14 comments:

  1. funny interesting ...even though i am unaware of the context would sure like to know more about the mythical sankaran...lol

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    1. Sorry, Sunil, I couldn't find more info for you about the Malayalam saying even in Google. :)

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  2. Hmmm.....some of ur posts have a common theme...But why so?? I hope u r doing well....

    Pls read thru my write-up and comment if u like.....Himangshu

    http://himangshu-gentlemusings.blogspot.in/2012/08/melbourne-inception-of-dream.html

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    1. You're right, Himangshu, there is a common theme, sometimes it breaks in even when I try to stifle it lol...
      I will surely read your blog and post my thoughts on it.
      Thanks!

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  3. Absolutely loved reading this post, and you've nailed it! :)

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  4. ROFL.... This will be the defining test of a Mallu!

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  5. My son of 19 years, a student of IIT-M 'writes' wonderful letters to me, though very seldom. Of late he wants to start a blog but says he is in jitters with a "writer's block". I intend to send your blog on Shankaran to him, and hope to get him going.

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    1. By all means, please do. :) Thanks!

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  6. Hey jeena....just curious to know....u were working on a manuscript, rite? what happened? Some months back, i started something though not sure where it is headed.....Any advice for newbies like me???

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  7. Hahaha... This blog post will be only understood by a pure Malayali...I am sure of that :D

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  8. Hey! Shankarante valla thumbum kittiyou? Google achaayan muttu madakki

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