I found this poem today(via Deepak’s blog), and once again the urge to learn the malayalam keyboard and post in malayalam grows overwhelming. Like there are a few things which you can say only in Malayalam. Like see how a beautiful verse loses its vitality when I attempt to translate it,


Raghu says his name is Raghu.

Son of Thalamunda Variyath Unni and Thankam,
at school in Thalamunda,
they knew him as the kid from Variyath.

Later at the school in Kuttipuram,
they knew him as the Raghu who came from Edappal.

Later at the Engineering college in Trivandrum,
they knew him as a guy from Malappuram district.

Later at work in Bangalore,
they knew him as a colleague from Kerala.

Because he never went to North India, or outside India ,or outside the Earth,
Raghu was never known as a Madrasi, or Indian, or a man from planet Earth.

Raghu keeps searching what he really is.

By | 2009-10-26T21:02:08-05:00 October 26th, 2009|Kerala, Poetry, Trivandrum|6 Comments


  1. ivar October 26, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I wld ve loved d name “Reghu”…

  2. kamalakar October 29, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Good poem. Though your modesty might underrate it, by all appearance it is a competent tr. I like the subtlety of the poem as a commentary on the problems of identity.

  3. Raghu October 31, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Thanks for quoting me.

  4. karthik November 8, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Hope you are aware of this …. http://www.google.com/transliterate/indic/MALAYALAM

  5. Nikhil Narayanan November 16, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Listen to Ente Bhasha and others by Vallathol. Heavenly. 🙂


  6. bvn November 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    @Kamalakar, thank you 🙂

    @Raghu, keep bringing new stuff. It was a pleasure reading your blog thanks to Deepak

    @Motta, athu nee kalakki

    @Nikhil, aliya ithaanu timing ennu parayunnathu. Njan ente Led Zeppelinem avante mamanem okke off cheythittu…Kadamanitta kavitha kettu thudangi ee aazcha…appozhanu ninte link…thanks!

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