Malayali Diaspora: From Kerala to the Ends of The World
Geogrge, Sam & Thomas, T.V. (Ed.)
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Book ID : 41686
ISBN-10 : 81-8387-582-3 / 8183875823
ISBN-13 : 978-81-8387-582-0 / 9788183875820
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
xvii, 227p., 23 cm.
Malayalis are everywhere! Malayalam can be heard on the streets of Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Houston, Singapore and Nairobi. Onam is celebrated in many lands and Malayalam liturgies are chanted every Sunday in churches in every continent. Families keep track of many time zones where their relatives are dispersed. Malayalam newspapers, movies and television serials are part of the daily diet for overseas Malayalis. Fish and spices are exported from Kerala to stores in Johannesburg, London, New York and Sydney. Currencies like Dollar, Dirham, Dinar, Euro, Pound, Rand, Riyal and Yen flow into numerous banks in Kerala. Telephone and internet have compressed the distance between lands of origin and settlement. With more flights and reduced cost of travel, it is easy to reach Kerala from all major cities of the world. Entertainers, Cine stars, politicians and religious leaders of Kerala make frequent visits to their dispersed fans and followers. The overseas Malayalis have linked Kerala to the world and vice versa. The Malayali diaspora is playing a strategic role in the country of origin in matters of policy, entrepreneurship and charitable services with their knowledge, skill and wealth. All this creates an intensified universal consciousness that is knit together and held in place by a shared cultural space of the global Malayali diaspora. This book captures the fascinating saga of people from "God’s own country" who have pitched their tents in furthest corners of the globe. It presents triumphs and challenges facing this scattered community and illuminates the adventurous character, survival mentality and the indomitable spirit of Malayalis.