Blog post by Adithya M Ramadurai Sharma
This article is written in the same nature as that of any other article published in the page and holds no offence to anybody.
It was a year or so that I happened to see this page and had an immediate affinity towards it. I could relate to almost everything published as it is something that happens in any TamBrahm house. That sense of excitement and happiness in reading each article was multi-fold.
Amidst all these fun, one thing we all tend to lose focus is the fact that the race of TamBrahm is slowly getting eradicated. The reasons plenty!
One big reason for this is that the excitement of being a TamBrahm is not the same as it is portrayed in this page. The pride of being a Brahmin is literally not seen in the present age. The absence of our tradition from speaking the Iyer bashaai (the tamil slang spoken by Iyer’s) to performing the Sandhyavandanam is a disheartening scenario. Right from eating meat to consuming liquor is a shameful plight highlighting how we are losing our sacred tradition. We have reached a scenario where carrying our last name has become an act of embarrassment.
I still remember my paati’s words: “Ellarum brahmnava pooraka matta. Pona jenmathla panna punniyam athu” (Not everyone is born a Brahmin. It is because of last birth’s deed on is born a Brahmin). The so called westernisation does not entertain this philosophy and you are branded a fool if you utter these sacred words in your friend circle. This westernisation has left its mark on almost all the families and ours was no exception.
Being from an orthodox TamBrahm family, my paati used to follow all the traditions properly. One could sense that she is from the Brahmin community by her Tamil slang. My appa and amma was no exception except that their language has changed. The real change is in the present generation, where everything has gone awry. And because of this one generation the entire TamBrahm community has lost its previous charm. And sadly I belong to this generation.
I am writing this article not to hurt anyone’s feeling or point finger at anyone but in the hope that our rich and sacred tradition regains its old charm. I am not asking anyone to shed your modern clothing and wear dothi or saree, but just wanted to make sure that the tradition which all the generations have been following continues.
And finally to conclude, being a TamBrahm is not a thing to be ashamed off, but rather a proud feeling which echoes the philosophy “Ellarum brahmnava pooraka matta. Pona jenmathla panna punniyam athu” (Not everyone is born a Brahmin. It is because of last birth’s deed on is born a Brahmin.)