Students have to travel long distances to different places for education in this competitive world, leaving behind their paradise-homes. Adjusting to a new culture is certainly herculean, but this could be substantial if a South Indian moves to North India.
Here are a few instances where South Indian students and their patience is put to the test.
1. FOOD: –Yes, food takes the top position. Anything can be substituted or compromised, but not the food. Definitely not. Students realize the ambrosia of South Indian food, especially hot sambhar (drumstick is a compulsory ingredient), rasam, spicy pickles, ghee, rice, diverse breakfast such as idli, dosa, vada, uthappam, upma, puttu, kudum, etc. after they leave their homes. Also, how can I forget the traditional non-vegetarian curries- chettinad chicken, chepala pulusu, nadan beef curry, so on and so forth.
2. LANGUAGE: – This is naturally anticipated. But the level of discomfort is beyond description. Like an amoeba, this issue takes a new form every time. Sometimes, you struggle with Hindi, be it the inappropriate gender or lack of vocabulary and accent. At other times, it is the vicious looks you get for uttering a catchword in your language like- ille, ante, adhe. Then, there are some really peculiar questions like: Do you speak Hindi in your home? When did you learn Hindi? How come you understand Hindi? Then there is the famous misunderstanding- “All South Indians speak Tamil or Madrasi.” Ah, then there is the ‘mocking mimicking’ of your language. The things we go through for the sake of education.
3. GEOGRAPHY: –The hardest part is to explain where you belong. “Bhai, it’s Coimbatore, not comb-bhature!” “Man! For the umpteenth time, Kochi is not in Tamil Nadu”. The geography of North Indians is unfortunate only when it comes to South India. And according to most North Indians, it is most likely that all South Indians are Madrasis.
4. NAMES: – Yes, I completely accept that South Indians have surnames that are difficult to pronounce. But, this does not at all mean that you can cut them short and produce a cognomen out of it. After all, the surname bears the honor of the entire family.
5. GESTURES: – This leads to a lot of misunderstandings. For South Indians, the vertical head shake is a ‘yes’ while the horizontal head shake is a ‘no.’ ‘Pllch’ means ‘NO.’ These gestures are mostly mistaken for their inverses.
6. CLIMATE: – It is not only Jammu and Kashmir that is cold (general perception!), but most parts of North India have cold winters. The temperature during winters in South India is not any less than 20 degrees celsius. This is why Soth Indians have difficulty adjusting to winters in North India; even the floor feels like ice during winters.
7.CULTURE: – South Indians celebrate festivals very differently than their Northern counterparts. Certain festivals are restricted only to South India, such as Onam, Ugadi, Vishu, Vinayaka Chavathi, etc.; surely, nostalgia devours them, especially during festive times. The eye-pleasing dressing styles- white Kerala sari with golden border, half sarees, lungis are regularly commemorated.
8. MOVIES: – No South Indian films are released in theaters. You have to wait till the film is remade in Hindi. The most surprising fact is that North Indians remark that South Indian films are impractical and senseless, yet remake most South Indian movies! And, Rajinikanth NEVER said ‘Yenna Rascala’!
9. STEREOTYPES: – If you are not lucky, you might even end up hearing some really disturbing things about South Indians. Prepare yourself to deal with some pestering social networking posts about South Indian accent, films, and such. As if this isn’t sufficient, movies and TV shows portray South Indians in their stereotypical view.
India is a country that flaunts its unity in diversity. This makes our country and its people more versatile. All that aside, there are many North Indians who stay in South India who have their own share of exasperating experiences. However, most of them are happy, and a few of them even fall in love with the other culture!