Why can't the New Generation of ex-pat Malayalees speak Malayalam.
- Heated debate seems to be going on this topic and every one see to be
blaming each other for this situation. Let us however have a look at the
situation calmly and objectively.
The Chinese (second & third generation in US) make it a point to learn
Madrian at home and the family converse in that language at home. It is
only the fourth generation which dropped their mother tongue.
Fifth and sixth generation Tamil Brahmins in US still learn and speak
Tamil & Sanskrit.
But, a native Malayalee, when there are guests at home (especially if the
guest is an expatriate mallu) will use expressions like "Sittedda!
Didn't I tell you to sit". or "There is lot more fried potato sitting".
His kid is going to the nearest English Medium School where some
pseudo-English person teaches expressions like: "Please 'catch' this bag
for me while I tie." or "She 'only' broke the window" and he thinks it
The problem for the expatriate Malayalee is the fact that if his child
has to follow the Indian school syllabus, they have to follow the CBSC
syllabus which has no language except Hindi and English. Further more;
the "Babu's" of Indian Embassy in these places are Hindi fanatics who
try to ensure that the students with non - Hindi mother tongues score
far below the Hindi speaking children. For our children the only thing
we can give, which will ensure security in the future when we are not
around to support them, is education. So we opt for English and any
language other than Hindi.
Bank Balance is not what we are concerned about. We came/migrated abroad
due to the fact that we could not find any good opportunities back home
in Kerala. I think the situation has deteriorated in the past 15 years
or so. I came to Kuwait in 1988, went through the traumatic experience
of the Iraq's invasion. fled the war zone through Jordan. returned in
1991. Every vacation I take in Kerala, I add to my collection of horror
stories where the locals try to fleece the expatriate take advantage.you
want real horror stories I can give you any number. One, I had a run in
with a Customs Inspector, who demanded a Bribe of $ 50.