Thursday, September 01, 2005

OF NORTH INDIANS

Today, my co-worker was telling me about how irritating she finds it when she hears the word "North Indian" (I happened to mention that word somewhere as I was talking, I guess).

"Is every person who lives in a state other than Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, and Kerala, a North Indian to you?" she asked. It has been a very long time since someone asked me such an insightful question. Got me thinking. I guess she was right. I don't recall referring to someone living in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a South Indian. Hmmm...

And then, I tripped over a couple of facts by the same logic. A Mumbaikar would be a West Indian. I imagine Brian Lara opening for Mumbai with Sachin Tendulkar, in the Ranji Trophy. Haha!

Also, the Darjeeling Tea Factory can be called an East India Company! Hahaha!

Wonder if we can think up more like these? :-)

36 comments:

Jinguchakka said...

Remember! We too are called Madrasis up north, no matter where we are from. :-)) And happy to see you again in your old avatar and any new angry one. keep posting. FYI - still humming your song. :-))

DaldaDappa and Proud said...

first time on ur blog... nice blogging and interesting post, lol... will think abt wht u have said and if any occur will post...

.:: Rosh ::. said...

I never knew the term "north indian" is as offensive as the term "madrasi". I've heard another one as "Northie" to ref a North Indian and all other "ies" to ref to people frm other parts of the country.

Thanks for leaving a note in my blog abt your comeback. I knew u'd be back eventually, blogging is so addictive there is no escape :)

Good luck with New City/New Life. Keep bloggin we'll be around to read.

priya said...

so so happy to have u back :-)
and i hate this northie southie shit.. im a southy.. my guy's a northy.. aint i a living example to rest my case ? :-)

..p..

Peelamedu_bulls said...

Jinguchakka..same pinch..!
F they can call all south indians madrasis, y can't v call them northies ?
I have a very bad feeling when te northies luk down on us.
Planning to kilichify them sometime in my blog.

johnny boy said...

:-) Good one Vinesh.. The 'West Indian' part was best.. hehe, well if Sachin n Lara opened for mumbai, in Ranji trophy, guess that would be the end of that trophy. Next year they might not conduct it, for sheer one-sidedness :)) Even know, only the most jobless of people, follow it! Sad state of affairs ... :)

Jeevan said...

Brian Lara is West Indies u told West Indian. South Indian is including Pondcherry and Lakshadeep. We can call North Indian’s as Himalayan’s it will be correct, because most North Indian state are in Himalayan Range.
Keep Posting Vinesh

Srinivasan said...

Nice one...Happy to see u back in action..Waiting for more to come :)

Ganesh said...

vinesh
first time here,came through krishna
northnnu nama generala sollarom
avanga madarasinnu ella south makkalaiyum sollaranga

northeast makkaldhan pavam, padhi perukku avanga chinese madiri theriyaranga

Anoop Sundaram said...

mm pora pokkula we wud identify ppl with latitude/longitude ... :-)) nice post!

Random Access said...

All the south indians are refered to as madrasis, so why not the other way around? Imagine going around calling everyone as maharastrian or bihari or whatever. Infact try calling a maharastrian as a bihari and u wud be glad if u dun have a black eye. Same thing here with Chinks. Chinese, Malaysians, Indonesians, Vietnamese, Burmese, Thais...try differentiating them ;) And remember the result is the same as a sothappals between maharastrians and biharis ;)

I wudnt wanna take the risk ma! Simple.

Random Access
The search has just begun !!!

Vinesh said...

@Jinguchakka: Are all South Indians still called Madrasis? I thot that was long ago..

@Preethi: Hi, and thanks for dropping by..:-)

@MAgic Lens: You're right buddy, there's no escape! It's addictive because of friends like you :-)

@Priya: Hey Priya...you have a guy, and you're drooling over some other guy in class? Bad girl :-)

Vinesh said...

@Peelamedu Bulls: Paavam Bulls, avangala vittudunga.. no offense meant to us... ellaam oru pechukku dhaane :-)

@Johnny Boy: Hi Buddy, good to see you here! Speaking of jobless, I was following the Ranji Trophy till sometime ago , haha!

@Jeevan: Himalayans!! You are hilarious da! Haha!

@Srinivasan: Hi Srini, good to see you back here too :-)

Vinesh said...

@Ganesh: Good to see you here buddy! :-) Northeast people as Chinese..

Well you know that China had till recently included Sikkim in their map, don't you! Koduma!

@Anoop: SO Happy to see your comments! :-)

@Random Access: Haha, I agree with you buddy! I guess the term Bihari has begun to be associated with Sardarji. Though in NO way are these two kinds of people dumb!!

Ravi said...

Vinesh, welcome back!! Really happy to see your blog (and thereby youself!) back in action. Missing orange juice terribly. Better little than none.

Fathima said...

Yeah, still we r known as Madraasis.
BTW, Welcome back!
Gujarathis and Maharashtrians are West Indians/ West Indies????????

Paavai said...

When I started reading the post, it felt as if it was going to be serious reading, was plesantly surprised to see it taking a humorous turn, good one

priya said...

Onnu periya veedu.. mathadellam chinna veedu.. ippadiye oru chinna colony form aayiduchu :D

..p..

Vikram H said...
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Vikram H said...

hahaha...this has always been on my mind too..atleast be happy that there's a generalisation to a certain extent...Else one would be referring to Rajasthani's as North-West Indians and us tamil's as South-East Indian's!! And imagine a central government catering only to Central Indians(Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh)!!! lol...

On the cricketing front, let's hope that atleast Lara opening for India, helps us clinch the World Cup(and allow you to get a new comp in the process)!!

Vinesh said...

@Ravi: Thanks man!

@Fathima: I think this kelvi will become as famous as the vaazhappazham comedy.

@Paavai: Hehe, googly-a?

@Priya: Aa-haa! Nee dhaana ava? :-)

@Vikram: Good one da, Central Govt for the Central Indians. thx for prayer that I get a new computer.. :-)

johnny boy said...

PS: Even i follow Ranji trophy ;) lol

Neha said...

Welcome back to blogging :). expecting more....sachin n lara part was too good :)

ada-paavi!!!! said...

every1 here below the vindhyas is a madrasi, apporam why cant we call any1 who speaks hindi north indian, and they also look down upon us, esp the way we ear sambar, licking our hands, and i remind em tat we atleast use only our right hand not the left like the northies, now which is worse??

Vikram H said...

hey but guess what, i forgot this back then...We Indians,in a global sense, are actually referred to as 'East Indians' thanks to an error by the legendary Christopher Columbus!! what a tragedy..how do we call each other now?? Check this out...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Indian

Kaushik Ramajayam said...
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Kaushik Ramajayam said...

Great to see that you're back :)

Oh boy, the eternal North vs. South India conflict - I see a lot of that on campus too. Less offensiveness and regional jingoism & more understanding and mutual acceptance is what we need...

BTW, on our campus, "Southie" or other such terms usually refer to people from Andhra Pradesh, because there are so many of them here!

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Welcome back Vinesh, Life teaches us lessons..! I am glad you came back with a postive bang.!

By the way, I've heard that North Indians ( LOL) refers to all South Indians as MADARAASI'S.!

Of course anyone to our North is North Indian.!! So that logic of Bombay being West Indian could great for India.!!! ( Let's get some good West Indian cricketers to our team)!

Arumugam said...

mr. vinesh... where art thou?? sollama kollama kelambeeteenga?? i tried callin u up on the cell... i got the "the hutch number..." bullshit... im too lazy to search for your email id.. SMS it to me da!!

ioiio said...

Dei.. This post is a "South Indian Tragedy"

Grey Vampire said...

Hey dude its just a convention....If u get the meaning of the word when i tell it to u...Its all right....

Jeevan said...

Waiting for a new post vinesh

Viewer said...

Am one of the happiest person to see u back in action. Welcome back vinesh :)

Pallavi said...

Its like every other south indian in the North being called a Madrasi :(

Jayan said...

Pallavi is spot on. Whenever you tell folks North of TN that you are a tamilian, they assume that you are from Chennai. They probably think TN is something ilke the vatican !

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