Vadagalai married to Thengalai by Sripradha

Blog post by Sripradha Santhanam Tamilian marrying a tamilian , that too for love does not qualify to be a love marriage. I was a Vadagalai Iyengar ponnu and married a Thengalai paiyan. For those who do not know the difference, vadagalais and thengalais wear their Namam differently. My thatha was a well known vadiyar and

Kaineetam Collection Time! by Anand

Blog post by Anand Kumar “Konthey, onnu ezhunthuko! Innaiku Vishu aakkum! Appidiye kanna moodindu, paathu vaa!” The moment the wife utters these lines today morning even as early as 5’0 clock, I am certain that our 10 year old daughter will wake up like a robot instantly and start walking. This is unlike the other

“Thottukka Enna?” by Anand

Blog post by Anand Kumar “Konthey, Dosai vaathu vechurikken, chooda irukku, vandu eduthukko!” – A loving and caring TamBrahm mother’s very usual call to her son at the time of food. The teenage son who is immersed in solving a model question paper (what else) for some entrance exam responds, “Dho vanthutten Amma! Thottukka Enna?”

Chamathu Aathu Manushaa by Venkatraman

Blog Post by Venkatraman Subramaniam Following up on the ‘Chamathu Series’ – Chamathu Kondey ( & Chamathu Ponn Kondey (, here’s one on the people around the Kondeys. Continuing with the tradition, there’s 11 of them in this post too (coz auspicious). Presenting the ‘Chamathu Aathu Manushaa’. 1. The Appa Soft-spoken, Kucheri-lover, News reader (most

Pattammal’s Idli Molahapodi by Swetha

Blog post by Swetha Janakiraman What is the most exciting thing about going on a road trip with my super ‘madi’ Pattoo paati? Apart from the fact that she is a bakshanam vending machine sitting in the front passenger seat applying an imaginary break and covering her eyes every time a truck grazes by, which is

Kitchen Terminology Woes by Gayatri

Blog post by Gayatri Subramanian I’m from this era where MasterChef and class cooking is of value. There used to be a time and age where dumping food in your plate and hogging like a pig was all you needed to do. But these days plate decoration, presentation is of utmost importance. Your review on Zomato

Welcome To Our New Website

Namaskaaram. If you had told a 21 year old Sweta, who created the Facebook Page TamBrahm Tips on July 15th, 2012 that one day, she would be writing a post for this TamBrahm website, she wouldn’t have taken you seriously at all. But here we are. Four and a half years later, the Page today

Ela Pottaachu by Anand

Blog post by Anand Kumar For any Tambrahm worth his or her uppu, the phrase “Ela Pottachu” must immediately ring a bell or rather Getti melam!!! For, in any function one attends these days from Kalyanam to Poonal to Shastiaptapurthi to Sadhabhishegam or even Sasthapreethi the otherwise sober mamas and mamis, take a different avatar

My Paati by Rekha

Blog post by Rekha Sriram Like the Tam Brahm Maamis, kosha podavai clad paatis too are a unique lot. They live in TamBrahm households sometimes dominating, sometimes demure; opining what is right and what is wrong. They uphold our culture and keep worrying that generations after, TamBrahms are going to let the culture, traditions and beliefs (so well protected by them) easily

Ganga Snanam Aacha by Sharmilee

Blog post by Sharmilee Sriram Diwali or “Deepavali” as I have always heard from my childhood is an important and profound memory in my life. I cannot claim myself to be a very chamathu girl and say there should be no pollution, no noise, etc etc. Okay I hear you loud and clear my dear environmentalists.