Since time immemorial, the North and South of India have seen themselves as polar opposites. If South India meant idli-dosa to the Northies, North India meant butter chicken and naan to the Southies.
The North thought of all of South India as ‘Madrasis’ (MOST still do – LOL), stereotyping their attire, accent and personality, while the South thought of the North as a place full of fair complexioned snobs, intent on loud display of material wealth and lacking etiquettes.
That one chutney and that one pickle with ‘extra spice’.
..as opposed to the ‘sweet tinge’ in their North Indian counterparts.
The freedom of speech in your native language.
“Ille, app..”, You get a hundred glares before you even start ranting. And then comes the famous dialogue, “South mein math bolo yaar”. (Okay, so in the North, there is just one language – SOUTH; or sometimes, MADRASI. Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam cease to exist!)
Them ‘pleasant’ winters!
The harsh North Indian winters come as a shock to you when you are adapted to mere 15-20 degree winters back home.
And you crave to hear the gushing sound of a wave.
And each time that you do, you fail to comprehend how the North Indians live without the beach.
The feeling that you get when you watch a South Indian movie in the theatre on the very first day…is no longer existent! And you crib about it each time you watch a horrible print of it on your laptop. Add to it, the whistles and the cheers of the crowd.
You miss the scrumptious food served at South Indian weddings. Sambar and Rice. Chutney and Rice. Ghee and Rice. And all the endless list of delicious curries, with ‘RICE’.
Whoever enlightened us about the three basic amenities – Roti, Kapda, Makaan.
Every single time that you see the glimmering ghagras or the clinking ghoongrus; you think of the half sari, the white Kerala saree with the golden border and the Tamilian lungis.
The ‘diverse’ TIFFIN options.
Idli, Vada, Dosa, Upma, Appam, Uthappam, Kudum, Puttu..and I can go on and on, and still never end.
Trying to explain where you belong.
The traditional non-vegetarian curries which cannot be replicated elsewhere.
From Chettinad Chicken to Chepala Pulusu to the Nadan beef curry, every single one of them !