In this competitive world, students ought to travel to different places for education leaving their paradise-homes. It is certain that adjusting to a new culture is herculean, but this could be substantial if a South Indian moves to North India. Here are a few instances where South Indian students are put to test for their patience.
- FOOD: –Yes, food takes the top position. Anything can be substituted or compromised but not the food. Definitely not. Students realize the ambrosia of South Indian food especially hot Sāmbhar (drumstick is a compulsory ingredient), Rasam, spicy pickles, ghee, rice, diverse breakfast such as Idli, Dosa, Vada, Uthappam, Upma, Puttu, Kudum etc, How can I forget the traditional non-vegetarian curries- Chettinad chicken, Chepala Pulusu, Nadan beef curry, .so on and so forth.
- LANGUAGE: – This is naturally anticipated. But, the level of discomfort is beyond description. Like amoeba, this issue takes new form every time. Once, if it is you struggling with Hindi, be it the inappropriate gender or lack of vocabulary/accent then once it is the vicious looks you get for uttering a catchword in your language like- ille, ante, adhe. Then, there are peculiar questions such as: Do you speak Hindi in your home? When did you learn Hindi? How come you understand Hindi? And here is the famous notion- “All South Indians speak Tamil/Madrasi/South.” (Well, I never knew the latter two being languages!). Ah, then there is the ‘mocking mimicking’ of your language.
- GEOGRAPHY: –The hardest part is to explain where you belong. “Bhai, it’s Coimbatore, not comb-bhature!” “Man! For the umpteenth time, Kochi is not in Tamil Nadu”. Geography of North Indians is unfortunate only in South India. And it is most likely that all South Indians are Madrasis.
- NAMES: – Yes, I completely accept that South Indian surnames are difficult to pronounce. But, this does not at all mean that you can cut them short and produce a cognomen out of it. After all, surname bears the honour of the entire family.
- GESTURES: –This leads to a lot of misunderstandings. For South Indians, the vertical head shake is a ‘yes’ while the horizontal head shake is a ‘no’. ‘Pllch’ means ‘NO’. These gestures are mostly mistaken for their inverses.
- CLIMATE: – It is not only the Jammu and Kashmir that is cold (general perception!) but most of North India has cold winters. The South Indians, for whom winter temperatures never mean less than 20 degrees Celsius will have a hard time during winter. Even the floor will seem like ice.
- CULTURE: – South Indians celebrate festivals very differently than the Northern counterparts. There are certain festivals restricted only to South India such as Onam, Ugadi, Vishu, Vinayaka Chavathi, etc., It is sure that nostalgia devours them, especially during festive times. The eye-pleasing dressing styles- white Kerala sari with golden border, half sarees, lungis are regularly commemorated.
- MOVIES: – No South Indian films are released in theaters. You have to wait till the film is remade in Hindi. Most surprising is that North Indians remark that South Indian films are impractical and senseless, yet remake most of the movies! And, Rajinikanth NEVER said ‘Yenna Rascala’!
- STEREOTYPES: – If you are not that lucky, you get to hear some disturbing things about South Indians. Prepare yourself to deal with some pestering social networking posts about South Indian accent, films and such. As if this isn’t sufficient, there are movies and TV shows that portray South Indians in their stereotypic view.
India is a country which flaunts its unity in diversity. This makes our country and its people more versatile. Leaving all these, there are many South Indians living in North India and vice-versa. Most of them are happy, and a few of them even get to love the other culture!