Why South Indians bat for Obama

So every Vamsi Krishna, Nijalingappa, Unnithan and Murugan I know is gunning for Obama.Β  I think I know why.

For starters, the general view is that Southies have more melanin than the others, never mind the Kodavas (who are all Greek to us anyway) and Saurashtris. And that is ascribed to our constant exposure to Sun TV, Udaya TV, Surya TV, Teja TV, Suryan FM, S FM… And so it’s easy to suppose anyone of Obama’s complexion is one of our own.

I guess Mallu names – Achama, etc, Gult names – Chinnamma, Chilakamma, Seethamma, Kodava names – Chondamma, Poovamma, Nanjamma, all sound so much like Obama… and the Kodavas, martial race that they are, (they are one of the very few people in India allowed to keep arms without a license) I guess are enamoured by the ‘Barack’ in the name.

And the Kannadigas now… we all feel proud of being the home state of one of the very first woman freedom fighters in India – Onake Obamma. And we quite easily assume that this dark man is quite possibly a descendant, or a worshipper that he sports her name as part of his. Maybe the ‘Barack’ is to signify the armed resistance connotation.

Tams.. especially Tam-Brahms strongly support Obama like he were a family member or something (no, I’m not referring to Dayanidhi Maran-Karunanidhi here.. they are exceptions), because among the gallery of Ambi Mama, Mani Mama, Cheenu Mama, Badri Mama, Raghava Mama, Kittu Mama… Obamama doesn’t seem so new.

I find there’s an ethnic group in various districts of Karnataka called the Siddis who are of African origin. They only look African, but are in all other aspects, completely integrated into Karnataka… they have been here for five hundred years, apparently. So I guess these guys hail Obama as one of their own race…. oh, man, first the Kodavas, then the rest of Karnataka, and now these folks… why is Obama so allergic to Bangaloring, again?

Well, well, well… the Gandhis are not the only ones whose name rings a (Pavlovian) bell.

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16 Responses to Why South Indians bat for Obama

  1. Dha says:

    btw.. guess you were going for Vanake Obavva there..

  2. wanderlust says:

    south karnataka+tam and north karnataka slight difference in pronunciation.. kindly excuse.

  3. obbamma says:

    the sun tv udaya tv reasoning is too gud πŸ˜‰

  4. sg says:

    a good laugh πŸ™‚

  5. Logik says:

    Obamma was the icing.. lol..
    btw, majorly recommending the new southpark episode to all. Spoofs the election to be a conspiracy plot. Just too good.
    Note: Only this episode.

  6. Shreevatsa says:

    LOL. Just reading the “Tags:” line is hilarious.
    (I was expecting some “Hanuma bhakta Obama” too :P)

  7. Puneet says:

    Nice One πŸ™‚

  8. umarag says:

    Pri…this is hilarious ! And sneaky…I saw Raghava mama in there πŸ™‚

  9. wanderlust says:

    and cheenu mama, mani mama and kittu mama too πŸ˜‰

  10. wanderlust says:

    thanks for the status holler! traffic has tripled!

  11. Rajesh says:

    Omg. You are retarded. Somebody stop her!

  12. Arjun says:

    There was a Gun Mama in my family. Beat that, you people.

    Gun Mama is trumped only by Baby Tata. But that gentleman is unsuited for the puns here.

    New post hereby demanded.

  13. wanderlust says:

    gun mama puns… look here
    and do join the googlegroup. if you want to, that is.

  14. Swati says:

    Absolutey hilarious!!!Awesome post Pri…as usual!!

  15. Prags says:

    gal… one hell of a hilarious post!!! good job πŸ™‚

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