Six-Tongue Murugun

Social Commentary

Six-Tongue Murugun

Illustration: Akshita Monga


am the son of many mother tongues.

It has always been that way. I came from a community that was a product of two cultures. In my blood flows hard-boiled Tamilness and its millennium-old splendour, along with the lyricism of the Kerala countryside. A mishmash of Tamil and Malayalam drips off my tongue every time I speak with my sibling, my parents, and the many relatives who constitute a universe that floats into view only during the odd family gathering.