Blog post by Jyothy Iyer Our usual Saturday morning starts “ippo kaNaratha? Ippo kekkaratha?” “kaNarathu, aana kekkarathillai …” And on and on, for those who didn’t get any clue so far, it is typical Palakkad Iyers testing Skype connectivity. Of course myself and my mom. The only life line between New Jersey and Palakkad. After discussing a lot… Read More Poochandi by Jyothy
Blog post by Rishi Athreya A question often posed is about the unique identity of Tamil Brahmins. It is asked if these people could not identify as Tamil and whether the caste is an essential part of their character. Tamil Brahmins are ethnically bilingual with both Tamil and Sanskrit. Like those of all other states… Read More TamBrahm Identification by Rishi
By Anand Kumar What’s in a Tambrahm name? To answer this question we have to first ask which name. Because for time immemorial, a Tambrahm person will never have just one name. He will have a pet name at home, an official name for official records and then there is another name which is a… Read More What’s in a TamBrahm Name? by Anand
Whenever Iyers in Kerala are referred to, they are assumed to be from Palakkad. I for one, take offense when anyone calls me a Palakkad Iyer, because I have nothing to do with Palakkad. There are Iyer settlements in different parts of Kerala other than Palakkad. Calling all Kerala Iyers as Palakkad Iyers is like… Read More Trivandrum Iyers by Ramya
Blog post by Preeti Swaminathan When you live in metropolis like Mumbai, to be a multi-lingual is not a surprising fact! You will see appavi Kuzhandaigals speaking tamalyamindiarathiglish! This is not an alien language neither you can find this word in dictionary or wikipedia. All you’ve to do is firstly ease your vocal chords, do some… Read More Lingua-franca Conundrum by Preeti
Blog post by Saumya Sadanand I am a Palakkad Iyer, born in Mumbai and raised in Pune. My parents too hailed from similar backgrounds with dad having lived all his life in Ahmedabad and Mumbai and mum in Pune. Needless to say we didn’t exactly fit into the mold of the quintessential ‘pattar family’. For… Read More To swear, or not to swear, that is the question by Saumya
Blog post by Lapsed Iyengar (author chooses to remain anonymous) This small recollection was inspired by the impressive post on Iyengar Nomenclature. I am a long lost Iyengar – An Army childhood, working across India and settling in Mumbai with a multicultural family has meant my TamBrahm know-how is diluted. I cherish my non-practising TamBrahmness… Read More More TamBrahm Nomenclature – Who on earth is a Sheddagar and why is Varadarajan’s nickname Cheema ?