As soon as I landed and headed towards the Chennai bound flight's terminal a Thamizh cloud was forming around me. Its like that pieces/droplets of mercury joining with each other to for T-1000 in Terminator-II movie. I am sure the same happens in hindi, kannada, telegu contexts as well but let me focus only on the Thamizh aspect. Old parents loudly ask you in English on the whereabouts of the Chennai bound flight terminal. You reply in Thamizh and still they throw back English at you. They keep hurtling their English bombs until the immigration guy at the Meenambakkam counter stamps their arrival date and time on their passport. The call taxi guy narrowly misses the bomb by a few minutes. Anywho the intention of this post was not to talk about poor parents, who are relatively harmless creatures. As soon as the Thamizh cloud has reached critical mass and the line to board Chennai flight is formed, people begin to sense the presence of such a cloud. They realize that what was their own little private language until now is spoken by everybody around them. Suddenly they are overcome by a strong urge to talk anything in Thamizh. This they do purely for the benefit of people in earshot. Unfortunately they attempt what they think is humor and make the already irritating flight journey intolerable. I guess its the same DNA that makes people shout comments in theaters that is responsible for such unnecessary small talk that happens at the epicenter of this Thamizh cloud.
I swear, some of the most stupidest conversations I have ever heard in my life are these conversations by a group of strangers doing small talk in these airport lines. In the name of flexing the muscles of the rusty Thamizh compiler in their brain, they say some of the most ridiculous things that has ever been uttered by mankind. Words like "machi" are spoken loudly and more frequently than normal to provide that casual feel. Probably the world's weakest 'kindal' or the worst 'nakkal' is done here. All for the benefit of having the Thamizh audience around. One guy was insisting that the stranger he was talking to looked like the actor 'Vishaal'. I still can't believe how a person can accost another person and tell the person that he resembles some arbitrary actor. Gay flirting at its peak, I would say. The stranger didn't know who Vishaal was and assumed it to be some one resembling T.R. And so followed the stupid conversation of one taking insult and the other insisting it was a compliment and demanding a 'thanks' in return. The "Vishaal-look-alike" finally asked "seri naan Vishaal mathiri irukken ippo enna venumgareenga" and the other person said "aaanh anju ruba kodunga".