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January 31, 2010

Class comedies

Filed under: humor — Cris @ 13:52

When I was out looking for some humour to write about, I was tipped that a lot of comedy is found these days in a classroom. Students, they say are good sources of humour. That should be true, I myself hold a record of being those humour sources back in my student days. So here is a couple from one of my own dear students.

It is an English class and we are doing a lesson on vocabulary. We come across the word ‘immortal’. One student, let us call her K, enthusiastically raises her hand. “Yes?” I ask. “It is when a man goes to a lady other than his wife”, she says and beams happily. I stare but another student N is fast. “That is immoral!”

Another occasion, this time, an exam. But K asks me “There is a word embarrassed here. It means kettipidikkuka (to hug) right?”

“That is embraced!!!!”

So there. I am not laughing at K. She is a dear student. And I am worse than her. Today I see a dead cockroach in the office and I tell “marichu poyi” and my colleague finds it amusing. “Chathu” is apparently the right word in Malayalam for saying an animal died. But that is not fair. Death of an animal should not be looked down as an insignificant matter cause it is the death of an animal. I mean death is death. You don’t say in English “A man dies, but a cockroach chies”. It is the same sad feeling for all. The Amma cockroach, the Appa cockroach, the cockroach sahodaranmar and the cockroach sahodarimar would all be a sad lot today. We should respect that!


  1. lol!! actually it reminds me when i was kid, while bidding goodbye to grandparents after a vacation…I would say..

    “naale thottu thiruvananthapurathu jeevikaan aanu povunnei..”

    Never used to get the right usage of the word “jeevikaan”

    Comment by mathew — January 31, 2010 @ 15:01 | Reply

    • @Mathew, I still use jeevikuka for staying 😀

      Comment by Cris — March 4, 2010 @ 02:16 | Reply

  2. I’m still trying to think up the malayalam equivalent of ‘I assassinated a mosquito.’ Can you help?

    Comment by Binny V A — January 31, 2010 @ 18:37 | Reply

    • @Binny, naan kothukine mardhichu

      Comment by Cris — March 4, 2010 @ 02:19 | Reply

  3. kollaam.. paavam cockroach family ne oorkkaar aalundallo.. I hate cockroaches.. so I don’t mind killing the entire family.. pinne viroodam undaavillallolle 😛

    Comment by Dhanya — January 31, 2010 @ 21:42 | Reply

    • @Dan: I too am no fan of cockroaches. But we need to respect death!

      Comment by Cris — March 4, 2010 @ 02:31 | Reply

  4. i dnt let any1 kill a cockroach… not tat i like them, but i also thnk abt the cockroach family… n i feel its life is also precious just as ours… ppl say im mad, bt im glad 2 see i have comapny….

    Comment by Akshaya — January 31, 2010 @ 23:20 | Reply

    • @Akshaya, hehe killing is “baee” as you say. But the word “chathu” is even “baee-er” for me!

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:07 | Reply

  5. Cris…………
    you are immorally immortal!
    now, can i embarrass you? 😉
    . you know …
    just to mourn the ‘maricha’ cockroach –
    made immortal by you !

    Comment by muralee maadhav — February 1, 2010 @ 04:42 | Reply

  6. ROFL @ embarrassed…..Some time back i have seen a ad in KTV…it was something like “inthavarm ungal KTVil adhiradi thirai padam ‘silandi mapilai’ (Ad was about Tamil dubbed version of spider man 🙂 )

    Comment by anishthomas — February 1, 2010 @ 18:49 | Reply

    • @anishthomas silandi is alright but mapilai?? LOL 😀

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:09 | Reply

  7. I also didn’t used to like using the word Chathu, until I dig up the roots of that word.. It is “Sathu Poyi” Sathu means life, Poyi means gone.. So when you use the word next time , use it as “Sathu Poyi” and people who are familiar with your switching to thamil syndrome wont it strange or awkward..

    In english, if you want to say a Dog died.. the best usage is “The Dog kicked the bucket” Kick the bucket thing is not used for humans don’t know why but may be because we are really capable of kicking the bucket in both sense 🙂
    It will be really funny to hear “Javed kicked the bucket” it wont make you shocked, but you will have a hearty laugh first.. 🙂

    Comment by Javed Miandad — January 8, 2011 @ 23:34 | Reply

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