Everything does pass, and we can endure and we can survive!! – Rahul Dravid
“Naastha thunniya?” If you didn’t understand, I just asked if you have had food. And I believe you dont know much about Madras Baashai.
Madras Tamil is one of the best dialects of Tamil. Earlier, it was mainly spoken by people of suburban areas of erstwhile Madras. Now, it has pervaded all through Tamilnadu, especially Chennai. It has been popularised by cinema and other media and is immensely popular with the youth.
Few of the popular speakers of Madras include Thuglaq editor Cho, actors Rajnikanth, Kamalahasan, Thengai Srinivasan and Manorama. The current CSK team has its tagline as Whistle Podu – which is a pucca Madras slang.
I have immense affection for this dialect and maintain that it is one of the best. In one of his lectures, Cho mentioned that Madras Tamil has many words that have Sanskrit roots. It is actually Tamil that has words from many other languages, an Islamic influence and spoken with a north Indian accent.
This page will give you one madras tamil word a day – with meaning, origins and usage. Hope you like it. You can contribute too! If you like Madras baashai and want to leave a few words as comments, you are most welcome!
Inaa, ready aa girayaa? Idhellam namakku jujubee!!