Namaskaram! Indha post la I am going to tell you about the new Hyderabadi Tambrahms… Its on a funnier note so chumma padichu sireengo…. Kova pattu Bp Geepi ethikaadhel, odambukku Aagadhu…..
Of recent, naraiya Tambrahms Hyderabad la settle aagirukka… Mostly migrated from Chennai, Coimbatore, Kerala. After a few months of their settlement in Hyderabad, avaal la naraiya changes vandhudum… These people are true followers of this phrase “When you are in Rome, be a Roman” .
Locality : Major Tambrahm hub in Hyderabad are Malkajgiri, Safilguda, PadmaRao nagar, Ameerpet, Begumpet, Madhapur, Kondapur and Manikonda.
Malkajgiri/Safilguda – The Typical Agraharam : As soon as you enter into Malkajgiri/Safilguda, you can smell Filter kaapi and Sambar from every aam. Aaha…Super aah irukkum… Ella aathulayum Thoranam katti, jaga jaga nu ella street um oru Agraharam look tharum. You can even spot Mamis in Madisar with kondais and pinnals beautifully decorated with mallipoo and Vaira thodu in their ears, riding a cycle or scooty pep and sometimes their aathukaara mama’s activa or TVS scooty. People living in this area are either more traditional or they belong to Vadhyar’s family.
90% of Hyderabad’s Tamizh Vadhyar’s live in this area. Pppaahhh, dinam indha area la irukara koil and halls la edho oru nalla kainkaryam/satsangham nadandhunde irukkum…. Inga vandha le you can get many positive vibes and one can never escape the anbu thollai of mosquitoes, which are the national birds of Malkajgiri and Safilguda….
PadmaRao Nagar – The senior citizens hub : Retired Hyderabadi Tambrahm Thatha Paati, whose children are either living abroad or some where else in India, live here. This is a cultural hub. Keyes High school ingerndhu pakkam daan, Kanchi Mutt, Skandagiri Kovil, Samajam ellam ingerndhu pakkam daan. Greenery naraiya irukku and also, very silent and peaceful place, hence, our dear Thatha Paatis choose this area to spend their retired life.
Skandagiri Temple and Kanchi mutt inga daan irukardhunaala, nambal ava inga eppodhum varuvaa… You can find paati’s and thatha’s telling Murugan Swamy kadhai to their adam pidikara little grand children, hep yet traditional Tambrahm techies,wearing nice pattu veshti with pattai and rudraksha kottai and their aathukaari’s in pattu pudavai getting down from stylish Sedans , holding a poojai basket to the temple. Giri traders vera ingaye vechutaana (ofcourse, their marketing team has to be praised for, for selecting this Tambrahm hub), ellarum inga gumbal gumbala varuva… All over Hyderabad and Secunderabad crowd 4 walls of Giri kulla vandhu anga irukara sales staff ah half-telugu-english-hindi spoken in Tamizh accent la kelvi ketu kaadhu polippa… Skandagiri kovil la bestest of all, after Murugan and the Mutt is their yummy prasadam…Aaha, Evalo ruchi naa…Avalo ruchiya irukkum…. From Panchamrutham-Chakkarai pongal-Sundal-Venn Pongal-Puliyodharai- Dhadhyodhanam…aaha, one can’t just leave the Kovil without licking their fingers (hey! not abachaaram yaa, prasadam waste panna mudiyadhu, not even the vethu stuck to your fingers..you have taps, kai nanna nakkitu wash pannikalaam) .
Ameerpet,Begumpet,Madhapur,Kondapur,Manikonda – Hep Tambrahms : I was eagerly waiting to finish writing the other two areas so that I can write about the Tambrahms in my area 😀 😀 😀 . Indha areas la paathel na, mamis and mamas are not totally Tambrahms, they are a mixture of Punjabis,Marwaris and Tambrahms. Very sophisticated “moondraam page” (Page3) people yaa. Right from their language, ellam YoYo mamas and mamis.
Kaarthala joggers park la pona you can find a gumbal of mamis wearing branded shoes under their “super-sport-athletic” salwar kameez. Some times you can find Mamis wearing tracks and t-shirt with a kondai on their mandai, Skull candy white coloured earphones plugged into their ears which might be playing the fusion version of Kandha Sashti Kavacham or something like that and a Nike wrist band. These mamis are always found walking hand-in hand with their mamas who walk with a paavam poonai kutty like expression on their face. I actually thought these people make a romantic couple..Aparoma daan terinjudhu yen nu. Mamas ah thaniya vitta naa, walking panname anga corner la irukara Idly-Vada kiosk la poi oru kattu kattitu vandhruvalaam.
These mamas and mamis speak only Hindi or English. They act as if they don’t know Tamizh at all. Naangal Namaskaram mama/mami nu sonna, “Hello Beta, kaise ho?” nu solluva… Illena aragora Tanglish la daan pesuva… for example I ask “Enna neenga indha pakkame varalai?” they say “Nahi betaa, I went to US , en Daughter ku baby aayirukku, so konjam months anga irundhutu we came back just one week ago..US la life evalo nanna iruku you know, you should visit once…US maaplai thedi tharen noku.”
While we are struggling to learn our mother tongue, these people are mannu alli kottifying into our struggles by speaking in Hindi and English. Edho ivaa England-o-Delhi lerndho palti adichu vandha maadri.
Inga irukara Tambrahms laam stylish sedans, suv’s la laam daan travel pannuva. Oru 1 km distance la irukara edathuku kooda, ava car la daan poguva… Avalo yen , bus la kooda, andha AC bus la daan travel pannuva….Baaki irukara buses ellathayum naay pidikara vandi ya paakara maadri paarpa.
Kai Karigaai, grocery and other household items laam inga irukara costly super markets la daan vaanguva. Fresh vegges irundha kooda, adha kandukaama packed and canned food daan vaanguva…Enga area la Tambrahms evalo sophisticated na, I came to know through a survey that, many toilet papers were bought by the people having their second name as”Iyer” or their names ended with “an”. Smart people yaa. Weekends ku hangout panna pona, edho oru salwar potunda mami, in her 50’s wearing a lot of lipstick, scolding her maaplai for not changing her peran/pethi’s diaper will spot you, shout your name , come forward and enquire about your job/studies or your family and will self introduce her to your friends, in aragorai Hindi and will boast about her ponnu, who is a manager or something like that in some Multi National Bank..Sometimes, if your friend is looking out for a job, she will ask you to contact her maplai, who might be a VP or CEO in some organisation (Paavam, andha maaplai, enna velai panninaalum mamiyar nu vandha, poonai ah paathu eli nadunginda maadri nadungi poiduvan). The mamas are usually spotted eating at McD or such a food outlet, sharing his peran/pethi’s saapadu coz the Thachi mammum prepared at home will become waste.
Spirituality nu vandhutaa, no one can beat enga area oda mamis and saapadu nu vandhutaa, no one can beat enga area oda mamas. Enga area oda mamis are so perfect in every thing yaa. Marwaris conduct pannara weekly Sundara Kaand Parayanam la poitu, after the parayanam, while all the Marwari aunties and uncle kaal la vizhundu seek blessings of their Gurus, Namba mamis Guru ji ta poitu avar parayaname thappa panniyutaa nu eduthu kaatuvaa… Meanwhile, Mamas anga irukara Annakoot / Anna Bhandaar la nanna poori, saag, chana, halwa nu mooku pidichundu sapptundrupa….
Enga area la you can spot mamis dragging their mamas all around the street from the Pani puri vandi, to their house..At times you will hear things like “YenNaa ungalta how many times should I tell, road side la pani puri saapdadheengo nu…ungalukku Gas problem irukku erkanave…neengal paatuku ellam saapduvel, naanga aathula irundhundu ellathayum sagichukanuma? Yen ippadi laam pannarel, adhaan aathula samaichu vechrukene”. Adhuku daan these mamas eat stealthily in some corner, kannula kaanaatha Bhajji kadai, Chaat kadai or Udupi Tiffin center.
Navaratri time la laam, inga chumma jagajaga nu irukkum…Mamas accompany mamis for their share of Sundals. You get to hear Namba aathu bhashai and songs like “Sree Chakra Raja” , “Naan oru vilayaatu bommaiya” etc., only during this time.
Madisar Master chef contest laam kooda appapo nadathuva.
Hyderabad la porandhu valarndha naangale ozhunga Tambrahmised ah iruppom naa, these newly settled people oda attahaasam onnu. Adha Parihaasama naan vera ezhudi vechuten…
Hyderabadi Tambrahm mami/mama, idha padichu enna thedindu varadhel, naan ungalukku kadaikave maaten 😛 .