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Saturday, November 19, 2011


Many students from South India, are pushed back to final grades in national and international competitions, due to the lack of well pronounced so called “Good English”. Right after the independence, States of India were not giving much focus on absolute pronunciation of English. The influence of major local languages, like Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam provided a much different slang to their own English. For example, the word “Police”, in Northern States of India, pronounced as ‘Pulice’ and in Tamil majority states, pronounced as ‘Palice’ and in Kerala pronounced as ‘pOlice’ (giving more stress to O).

Is pronunciation important in English

My opinion is a big “NO”. English Bulls may disagree with me by pointing the standard language pronunciation in Webster's or Oxford Dictionary. My view is that, language is just a medium to communicate and pronunciation never becomes a barrier, if both ends can convey the ideas properly.

english pronunciation On my last visit to London, I have observed, English is being pronounced in its absolute rhythm only in countryside. City areas has got its own mixed pronunciation. Citizens from America, speaks American English, Australians speak Australian English, Filipinos  speak Filipino English, Chinese speak Chinese English, Arabians speak Arabic English and real residents of London speak a cocktail of all these slangs.

Even though traditional English is not used, Americans, Australians, Filipinos, Chinese, and Arabians are very confident in using their own style of English while communicating with others. Unfortunately, Indians (especially Indian corporate and foreign trained Bureaucrats) are very keen in producing “Absolute English” not only from themselves, but also from their Indian surroundings. Students in some Indian International Schools gets fine, if they didn't pronounce Dictionary English.

English - A language under constant changes

During the British rule in many countries, English language undergone changes by adapting words from other cultures and languages. Even in present century, English is under stress from the attack of Social Networking Chat rooms. For example, In chat rooms, Good morning is  ‘GM’, you is  ‘u’, Take care is ‘tc’, etc. The chat room language is now flooding out to common use also. Recently, I received a request letter for emergency leave from one of my subordinates. He was on a hurry to airport and text me like this,

“As my modr z sik, im gonna cth d Amsr flgt thiz ev. pls aprv ma lv req- 4 5 dyz.”

On first reading itself, I got the real stuff, “ As my mother is sick, I am going to catch the Amritsar flight this evening. Please approve my leave request - for five days”. I accepted this request as per my organization policy, of conveying an idea is important and style chosen is secondary.

When English itself is under transformation, then Indians must develop ‘Indian English’ as a part of their career and education. If this is a huge task, then it is very necessary to give acceptance to ‘Hinglish’ (Hindi English), ‘Tanglish’ (Tamil English), ‘Manglish’ (Malayalam English), or any local version of English. Institutions, Organizations and Individuals must strictly avoid the habit of discouraging people who are trying to speak in their own mother tongue version of English.

Nukerule: Stay for thirty minutes in University of Cambridge Campus and listen to the English generated by students. One out of ten IELTS passed students, speak their own English. “ No fine - No rules”. Here, English gets the dignity, as the best that gives space to other languages.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Recently I saw a banner in Facebook shared by many people, asking to select three people who have most enemies in the world. Suggested three names were Prithviraj, Santhosh Pandit and Sreesanth. Prithviraj, a leading actor in South Indian Film industry, Santhosh Pandit, an actor/producer, and Sreesanth, an active member of Indian cricket team.


Surprisingly, these three talented persons belonging to the same South Indian state, Kerala and people voted against them were also from the same state.

I did a survey with the help of SurveyPunditsTM among non Keralites, regarding the efficiency of these three people.

92 % of Non Keralites admitted that Prithviraj is a talented upcoming actor from South India, who did a great role in ManiRatnam’s Ravan. Many of them liked his charm, enthusiasm and acting pattern.

60% of Non Keralites appreciated the efforts of Santhosh Pandit, in trying to make a movie by himself. As per the survey reports, he is not a good promise as an actor. But as an entrepreneur and hardworking personality, everyone accepted his ability.

95% of Non Keralites expressed  an unbelievable acceptance to his aggressive personality. Many individuals felt that his aggressiveness and vengeance attitude is something that is lacking in Indians.

Why Keralites dislike Prithviraj, Santhosh Pandit and Sreesanth

The psychological analysis of  hatred towards these three, expressed by majority of Keralites took me to the basic nature of a Keralite, humbleness or lack of confidence. Even in history, no major aggressive united movements against British were recorded. Even though, individuals fight against foreign invasion, most rulers bend their neck by providing facilities to foreigners. Many NRI told me about the unbelievable slavery attitude being performed by  Keralites in Gulf countries, Europe and South Africa. As he told me, people from Kerala, never fight for their rights. They tend to adapt peacefully to the situations when they are away from home. Escapism, extreme humbleness, cheating their own people for others, etc are some behaviors found to be common among Mallus, or Malabaris.   

In this context, personalities like Prithviraj, Santhosh Pandit and Sreesanth got celebrity status among their peers in a quick pace. These three never show unwanted humbleness, immature politeness or sluggish attitude for their own profession. As my mallu friends explained to me, Prithviraj shows boldness, confident in his abilities and always tried to open up new paths in his profession. Santhosh Pandit, highly confident about the products that he is making in film industry. Sreesanth, already shown some extreme talent and confidence when he came back to Indian team even after a small career break.

We had to believe that the friction of “Confidence” shown by these three personalities and significant amount of “Non-Confidence” hidden inside the mind of Mallus, is precipitating huge amounts of hatred. Otherwise, I am not able to find any other good reason why Mallus, Malabaris or Keralites personally hate these three Prithviraj, Santhosh Pandit and Sreesanth. (Remember, these three never pick your pocket to portrait their talents. So you have the right to criticize only on their talents on past, present and future terms )

Bombing: My friend collapsed - How TV anchor, Ranjini haridas escaped from almost similar situation? May be dress code, God knows.

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