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Words That We Borrowed From Arabic

Kerala was an important destination along the spice trade route and hence, we've had a long-standing relationship with the people of the...

Do We Malayalis Have A Culture Of Shaming?

“Mole, thadivechalo!”  This is something I hear almost every time I meet my relatives. Why do Malayalis assume this...

10 Things That Idukkikaar Say

While Idukki is tucked away from the serene backwaters and coconut plantations, it is one of the most scenic and beautiful hill...

9 Things That Alappuzhakaar Say

Alappuzha, the official mascot for Kerala tourism, is famous for its backwaters. Its beauty is said to have made the then Viceroy...

20 Words That We Borrowed From The Portuguese

The Portuguese were the first modern Europeans to find their way to India and went on to become a major colonial ruling...

Malayalis in Canada: Part-time Students, Full-time Breadwinners, Part 2

My white friend Jeffrey walked into the class, scowling as he spoke into the phone. “What the hell! You’re...

How One Movie Changed My Perception Of Homosexuality

In a recent interview, actor Parvathy Thiruvothu talked about how influential a movie can be in moulding society; a statement that has...

9 Things That Kollamkaar Say

Kollam has been on the global map since time immemorial and was regarded as one of the most important ports of the...

7 Sarees You’ll Own in a Lifetime

The other day my 4-year-old asked me why I don’t dress more like her friend’s mom. Surprised and a little offended, I...