Rough Guide to South India – For Pakistanis – Part 1
I must confess: South India confuses me! In my utter ignorance, I didn’t know even know that a completely different culture existed in South of India. It was only after I got to know about Rajnikanth (who earns much, much more than Amitabh Bachchan, and apparently a bigger star) and also after my brother faced the biggest language barriers when he visited Chennai.
I know a lot of my fellow Pakistani brethren share the same ignorance of mine, and I thought it would be a worthwhile service to enlighten them as well! As they say, know your… ahem.. *cough* it rhymes with shenemy *cough*
So, presenting to you, First part of South India for Dummies (Also Pakistanis)
Disclaimer: My knowledge of South India basically comes from other North Indians (because South Indians never interacted with non-South Indians in my college for some odd reason), stereotypes, conjecture, one sadistic Telegu comrade, and a grand total of two South Indian films (one Telegu and one Tamil) – SO I MAY BE WRONG ABOUT CERTAIN ASPECTS.
So the four provinces that make South India are Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.
They might or might not have considerable population, or power base. Also, the languages are Dravidian unlike the Indo-Aryan languages in the North (and in Pakistan). (Surprising, some language in Balouchistan called Brahui is also a Dravidian language) .
However, it is unfair to pair all these cultures in one term “South India” because these are very distinct cultures, and all of them are very distinct people.
However they share one common trait
Also, as for the cuisine!
Now, lets look at each of these provinces, separately
The capital, and the biggest city, of Kerala is Thiruvananthapuram. Hence the new Kerala IPL is going to be based in Kochi! Nobody wants to pronounce that! Which is a brilliant segue into the fact that Kerala is the home constituency of…..
More importantly, it is famous for the Kerala Model, which perhaps was the basis of the Millennium Development Goals. Also, this awesomeness came from Kerala
Also, Mallu porn is the worst!
Home of the Tipu, Tipu Sultan. Don’t know anything else about that story, so go wiki it! Anyways, the official language is Kannada, and the capital is Bangalore. (And apparently there’s no etymological link between Karnataka and Carnatic music, or perhaps there is). Anyways…
The success story of the state is the booming IT sector!
However, in the future this state will likely to succeed from the Union
To Be Continued….