இப்படிக்கு, ஒரு தமிழன் (Yours, a Tamilian)
Why this blog?
A Spiral with rainbow colours rounding above my head….. flashback…….
Scene 1 – On a lazy Saturday evening, I was sitting on my couch playing my Play Station (as usual). At 6 pm, a sudden shocker stuck my mind. Sunday is a holiday for all shops in Belgium and my weekly grocery shopping is still due. I jumped into my jean and jacket and rushed to the hypermarket like a lightning. It’s always a tough job for a man; shopping, be it groceries or garments. Anyways, I finished my shopping and I was at the till. Bonjour wished the till man and then he spoke in French for the next one minute only to hear the two words from me as a reply ‘English Please’. Fortunately the guy knew some English and I am good at damsharades, so my day was saved. It would be no different wherever we travel in Euro land.
Scene 2 – I was travelling to Chennai from UK via Bombay. I was standing in queue in the security check, showing off a bit with my laptop bag in one hand and a Glamorous WORLD DUTY FREE bag with an even more glamorous SCOTCH in it on my other hand. My turn came and my bags went through the scanner but when I was about to pick up my bags, the scanner gave me a choice to choose the best WORLD DUTY FREE bag. That’s when I realised the fact that almost every person who was standing in the queue with me had been a customer of this WORLD DUTY FREE shop. After a mini play of MEMORY over there, I saw someone else taking my bag by mistake. Hello!!! Stop!!! I yelled. The guy with my bag stopped. I told him that it was my bag. He didn’t understand English. आपक्याकहरहेहैं asked the guy in reply. I tried to play damshareds to explain for which he asked with a pause……………..तुमपागलहो?
Even though I didn’t understand Hindi, I understood what he meant L
After these incidents, More than the thought of learning French or Hindi, the thought of how well I use my Tamil when I am with a Tamil crowd circled me.
I turned my thought process from Airplane to Normal mode and so, my browsing started. I asked my master (Google, I meanJ) on which is the oldest language of the world; I could see a lot of threads, discussions, disputes and debates on Tamil being the oldest. Whether it is the oldest or not, it is certainly one of the oldest. Also, I found certain interesting facts about my own mother tongue,
There are lot of English words derived from Tamil: Coolie, Catamaran, Mango, Anaconda etc. Just like how you raise your eyebrow, I also raised.
There was a huge continent called Kumari kandam connecting Australia and South Africa which was swallowed by Ocean. That continent had a whole bunch of Tamil speaking people.
Traces of Tamil were found by archaeologists in New Zealand
A lot more facts are there to prove the value and deep roots of my Tamil
Climax – I wanted to write a blog on Tamil in English. Weird? Sad state though but it’s not anybody’s fault to be completely honest, it just happened since colonial era.
I was having a coffee with one of my European colleague after my visit to Italy. I was appreciating the marvel of Colosseum and Pisa. He shot back within a second that his favourite was always the TAJ. It was the moment wherein I felt the slap like the Balu Thevar of Vedam Puthithu L
So, we always overlook and fail to appreciate our in house marvels. Tamil is also one of them.