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The Language is a Poem and Malayalam is its Song

Listen! someone’s saying a prayer in Malayalam
He says there is no word for ‘despair’ in Malyalam.

Sometimes at daybreak you sing a Gujrati Garba
At night you open your hair in Malyalam

To understand symmetry, understand Kerela,
the longest palindrome is there in Malyalam.

When you have been too long in the rooms of English,
open your windows to the fresh air of Malyalam.

Visitors are welcome in The school of lost tongues
Someone’s endowed the high chair in Malyalam

I greet you my ancestors, O scholars and linguists.
My father who recites Baudlaire in Malyalam.

Jeet, such drama with the scraps you know.
Write a couplet, if you dare in Malyalam.

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Thank you.

If today is the first time you have arrived on The Road to Nara, you are heartily welcome ~ Namaste

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I will take this opportunity to introduce you to About me and importantly;

As a co-traveller, will take you through the Ten Lessons I learnt from several years on the roadbefore you coarse on youown Road to Nara.

Also read: 9 Most Popular Essays of 2022

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Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.


  1. “[T]here is no word for ‘despair’ in Malyalam.” The linguistics of a language says so much about its people. How can despair exist among people who face the challenges of life together as a community?

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  2. Beautiful poem dear Narayan 😊💖 Happy to say Malayalam is my mother tongue 😊💖💖💖


  3. Despite Narayan’s message that this post is not quite finished, and that he will publish it again, in time, one can already see the promise of another interesting and outstanding essay. The old language Malayalam is important to know about as humanity would be poorer without it. Just the one sentence “there is no word for despair in Malayalam” set the tone of the future fascinating details.
    Thank you, Narayan, for this initial start of something much bigger and no doubt, wonderful coming soon.



  4. 😊😊 that’s a good one Narayan… I am trying to do exactly that for the last two decades, residing in Kerala and trying to come to grasps with this sanskritized language of the land of adi Shankaracharya! All the best to your Jeet with the couplet 👍🏼

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    • 🙂 thanks for this beautiful comment sushmita. Aaa.. 2 decades, you must be fluent in malayalam then.

      This journey here has been my strongest best inside a tradition that literally fed me music day in and day out. I am in love with chhenda.. so much so it has been difficult to spend my time looking on phone and editing. I feel high all the time 🙂

      And this journey is only in the middle after two weeks.

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