5 Unforgivable misconceptions about south Indians.

No.1 : “The Madrasi”
Everyone out there who thinks that all south Indians are Madrasis, Madras is a former name for Chennai( like Bombay and Mumbai) which is in Tamilnadu. Apart from Tamilnadu, we have Karnataka, Kerala, Goa , Telangana and Seemandhra (formerly Andhrapradesh) consisting South India.
So its not okay to call all of us Madrasis because, even if you call someone from Tamilnadu as a Madrasi their is a fair chance that they don’t belong to Madras!.
No.2 : Rajnikanth must be your favourite hero.
I am a south Indian and I personally like Mr.Rajnikanth. But ,we have separate movie industries for each of the states mentioned above which has equally amazing legends. For example Dr.Rajkumar for the kannada film industry. There are people who do not understand Tamil and hence do not watch Tamil movies by which they can become a Rajnikanth fan.
So next time when you ask this question don’t surprised if the answer is negative.
No.3 : “Idli  Sambhar”
Now, I am not denying that we love this. But believe me when I say this. It is DEFINITELY NOT THE ONLY THING WE EAT everyday. It is like saying that Gujrathis eat only Dhokla or Punjabis eat only Channa Bhatura.
No.4: ” The accent”
This particular stereotype is highly annoying.
NO! All south Indians do not have that horrible accent while talking English or Hindi as shown in many bollywood movies, tv shows and as imitated by stand up comedians.
We speak English perfectly fine. Of course the vocabulary and Grammar depends on the learning but not everybody has that accent. As far as talking hindi is concerned I agree there might be some mistakes and a little bit of difference in pronunciation because of the heavy influence of our mother tounge.
But it shouldn’t be an issue because most well educated south Indians can speak hindi as it is a part of our academia ( compulsory!) . And it is good enough to manage while away from home.
So the next time you make the accent joke, beware! They might ask you to tell something in their language and you just might be the bigger joke .
No.5 : kanjeevaram sarree and  jasmine adornments.
To the girl who asked me this and to all those who think it works like this.
NO! all South Indian girls do not wear a kaanjeevaram sarree and put jasmine in their hair before stepping out of their homes just like lehengas are reserved for a special occasion and  how women  don’t decorate themselves with Gulab everday compulsorily.
We dress normal!

Well that’s it for today I hope and pray that these misconceptions dissappear soon.
P.S : I do believe that I am an Indian first , but these stereotypes are annoying as hell. Just ask a South Indian, he/she will know πŸ˜›
Hindi is not our official national language , we don’t have any.
I don’t hate anybody from any region . This article is just to spread awareness.
Cheers! πŸ™‚


21 thoughts on “5 Unforgivable misconceptions about south Indians.

  1. Nailed it, agreeing on many levels! So many can stand neither idly nor sambhar that it bemuses me that people assume that this is “a thing”. good you didn’t include pudina/coconut chutney because they are just yummy-ness.

  2. Reblogged it on my blog.
    Wonderful draft and neatly explained. 10 on 10 for all the points.

    But just tell me what is the last line saying. I tried to understand but couldn’t get it. “Hindi is…”

    1. There are people who will try to justify the hindi imposition in the education system by saying it is our national language whereas we don’t have one officially. And also there will be people who will go on a rampage saying that this post is against the north/west/east Indians.
      Therefore I have given the true rationale behind the post at the end.

  3. Oh God..I loved it…
    true to the core …
    I am fed of such biases πŸ˜€
    Being from Kerala, I had to face this many a times ..!! πŸ˜€

      1. They are just floating about misconceptions πŸ™‚
        But glad to see that a lot is changing πŸ™‚
        And proud to be a Sound Indian too πŸ˜€

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