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On how a single word can save the day!

June 23, 2010

After college, most good mallu blokes either land up in Bangalore or Chennai for their job. It is almost like God has this crazy percentage with regards to this matter. I can almost imagine him contemplating, sitting on that diamond studded throne:

A fresh batch of useless engineers, are passing out this year. Hmm, what should I do with them? Ok, 40 percent of them will be placed in the land of Rajkumar, another 20 percent in the land of MGR, another 20 percent around the land of the Gulf War, another 10 percent in the land of NTR and the rest, scattered around India”.

Had any “wet behind the ear” junior accountant in his “planning department” asked, “What about just placing them in their homeland: Kerala, O Mighty Lord?”

He would have replied, “Nope, you silly celestial fella. These mallu men are meant to be nomads who will only get to dream about their home land. They will not get to settle in Kerala until they reach their retirement age. It is in their Karma; what they have sowed by their governance and I cannot do anything about it”.

And this procedure goes on every single year with minor variation in the percentages.

All you have to do is walk along the roads in Bangalore or spend some time in the malls; you will get to hear more “Malayalam” than “Kannada”.

All you have to do is say “Aliyaaaa” on the streets and a hundred heads would at once turn to look if they are being called.

We bright engineers are generally guided by hard and fast rules and a few smart folks have come up with a sure shot way to speak Kannada.

It is actually very “zimple”. You don’t even need a “Learn Kannada in -1 day” book.

All one has to do is add “lu” at the end of every spoken word. The words can be of “Malayalam/English/Swahili/just about any language in the world” origin. You just need to add “lu” to convert that into a Kannada word.

According to us, these rules are also applicable to speak Telugu but you also need to throw in a few more word-endings like “gaaru”, “andi”, “gadha” etc. It all comes with experience, I say. 😛

Well, coming back to the story, while I actually ended up working in Mumbai, many of my friends and fiends alike ended up working in Bangalore.

And so, for a vacation, I had gone to Bangalore to meet them all. That evening, our gang of around 15 blokes, we did what we knew best, i.e. we were in the forefront of creating organized ruckus in the very heart of Bangalore, in and around MG road.

However by around 1 AM, Bangalore started shutting down and that was when, we were stopped by the formidable Karnataka Police (KP).

The KP dudes were very civil and decent. They told us that we were breaking the law of the land and even quoted a few “IPC” numbers, all in Kannada.

We did not have a penny on us that day but we needed to say something, something in defense.

Finally, one bright guy in our group, nicknamed “thadiyan” said “Shamikullu Saar”.

Shamikanam” in Malayalam means “forgive” and he just applied the rule to this word.

And we soon followed suit.

For any question, they would get a chorus for a reply: “Shamikullu Saar” followed by a loud round of laughter.

We really found the whole thing funny but they did not seem to share our enthusiasm for humor. We went back and forth like this for some more time but they got bored of it and decided to try another tack.

They started asking questions in English but well, we took a liking to our new found knowledge of Kannada. The deep empirical conversation went something like this:

Q:Where are you from?”

A (in chorus): “Shamikullu Saar”.

Q:Why are you creating trouble?”

A (in chorus): “Shamikullu Saar”.

Q: “You need to pay fine.

A (in chorus): “Shamikullu Saar”.

Q:Or you will be jailed

A (in chorus): “Shamikullu Saar”.

And this continued on for some more time until they were really tired.

They scratched their heads; had a group discussion and they finally let us go with a stern warning to leave the place.

And from that day, I have held the meaningless word “Shamikullu” in high regards.

 PS: This post is not meant to trivialize Telugu or Kannada.

 

 

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2010 6:44 am

    While some poor souls are struggling with the Google Reader readings since on a sabbatical, few other devils decide to post twice a day 🙄
    OG: just for horror, I say 😛
    For the absence of a relevant comment, kindly except my apologies – Shamikullu Saar!
    OG: done!

    • June 23, 2010 6:46 am

      Who is this young lady, seeing after a long time ????
      OG: young lady????????????????? u must be kidding!!!!!!!!!
      Hey, how are you ??? All fine ???? Do some rounds in our blogs too…. 😉

      • June 23, 2010 6:49 am

        Young lady? Where? Who? *wiping specs*

        🙄

        tee hee!

        Hey Uma!!!!! Am fine! Yeah, the rounds must be done i tell ya… say, can u kidnap my boss? 😆

        • June 23, 2010 6:52 am

          Shamikallu, Crafty…If I know such things, I wont be sitting here and blogging… 😉

          I think that Karate Brat and Vimmuuu are the best candidates to that job of kidnapping…What do u say ???? U shld read Vimmuuu’s latest posts by Rakesh…. 😉

        • June 23, 2010 6:56 am

          @ Uma: I have read it! That karate brat can send u in fits of laughter! 😆

          You are right… between vimmuuu, rakesh and sakshi…. my boss will be history!! ROFL!!! 😀

          This Al-shabab founder Al-Bhikari aka OG is no good… i have appealed for help… he simply folds his lungi and looks grave…. “evil:

      • June 23, 2010 6:53 am

        I think she is younger to me…so Young Lady !!!! 🙂 Hai na, Crafty ???

        • June 23, 2010 7:05 am

          yeah Uma…. this apoopan thinks everyone is old like him!

          hugssssssss in direction of chennai 🙂
          and some glares in the direction of Shannivale!!! 👿

        • June 23, 2010 7:37 am

          Catching all the hugssssssss and feeling all gud abt it. 🙂

  2. June 23, 2010 6:45 am

    Is it still relevant to celebrate a rank when on a sabbatical?

    what the hell…. sure it is!!! FIRST! :mrgreen:

    • June 23, 2010 7:38 am

      Why are you not answering her, OG ???

      Crafty, you are FIRST, do your danganakka !!! 🙂
      OG: haha 😛 I was speaking to her when she commented 😛

  3. June 23, 2010 6:45 am

    Shamikullu OG, Am laughing so much at the way the 15 of u answered to the Police !!!!
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 happy to provide a few laughs 😛
    Man, how many more stories like this you have, to tell us, rather make us laugh ??? Come on, let the riot begin…
    OG: many many more uma……………

    • June 23, 2010 6:49 am

      Then I claim to be SECOND !!! 🙂
      OG: btw, that was real fast……..

    • June 23, 2010 6:54 am

      Am learning the nicks of the trade, to survive… 🙂
      OG: haha 😛 good for u 😛

  4. June 23, 2010 5:55 pm

    Hahahaha! I like Mallus!
    OG: great!

  5. June 23, 2010 8:35 pm

    He he he, now I know a new word too 🙂 OG back in Axn eh?
    OG: I dont know if I am back 😛

  6. June 25, 2010 11:56 pm

    Let me write down this somewhere!
    Eppozha avshyam varuga ennu parayan patilla! 😉
    OG: satyam aliya….. vendi varum 😛

  7. June 26, 2010 5:52 pm

    😀 😀
    All the malayalis in Bangalore live in my street! Really! 😀
    OG: hahaha 😛
    Anyway. I know both kannada and telugu! And really shamikulu! Is neither! 😆
    It’s swahili!!

    FYI: Sorry is Kshamisi in kannada and Kshaminchandi in Telugu.

    Your -lu theory applies here, although you picked up the wrong word! 😀
    OG: haha, thanks for the info bit but I will stick to my version 😛 it is so much easier 😛

  8. June 26, 2010 6:37 pm

    my brain does not function enuff to accept this post… shamikullu saar 🙄 😛
    OG: ok ok 😛

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