Keralites Love Affair With The “Gelf”

Its a funny inside joke that us Malayalees love living / working in any of the Arabian Gulf countries, collectively referred by a majority of us as the ‘Gelf’. In certain areas, large populations of Malayalees just want to get that holy grail – a working visa to places like Muscat, Sharjah or Dubai. They want to live & work in Kuwait or Jiddah and send money home to mom & dad back home and help pay for little sister’s wedding and little brother’s college studies. Almost  every family in the district of Malappuram have atleast one male family member who works in a Gulf country.

Yeah we love the Arabs, even named a milk shake after an Arab city – the Sharjah shake. Which I just had about 2.5 hours ago, yummy! We also have plenty of Arabian food cafes strewed throughout the cities in Kerala.

My dad went to Kuwait with his brother and a few others back in the 1960s to make a living and send money back home. He struggled for a few years and was then rewarded for his loyalty (29 years working for a bank), got married to my mom in 68 and raised two kids there. There’s a few thousand versions of him all around. But some guys take it to extremes; they also have a smuggling side business going on. That’s not cool. And you know the difference between families like us and these buggers?

We don’t pronounce it as ‘Gelf’!

Spreading Fear

Yesterday I received an email, which was sent by a member of my company’s clients who is also a former colleague of mine at Aspin Wall, and which was also addressed to the other members of my team. It had an attachment and the subject was just one word “Kruis” which I did not understand, so when I saw it I had no idea what it was.

It turned out to be one of those chain mails that I hate. The attachment was a foreboding image of a scary looking  Jesus and the content of the mail was something like please do not ignore this mail. You must forward it to at least x number of people and you will receive some kind of reward or some shit. It also stated a few people who did not download the namesake movie forward it and instead ignored & deleted it, and bad things happened to them. Like one man’s son died and another lost his business, a third person lost her leg in an accident, so on and so forth.

So this is how you spread Christianity? By spreading fear!! What nonsense! So this is your loving god, who will kill / harm you if you don’t spread this fucking crap!!! Who starts these bullshit emails? And why do people forward them? I wanted to speak to that person and ask him to stop such rubbish but I was busy with a training batch and hence did not get time until it was 7 pm. But I am going to now.

I deleted the damn email right away as I do not want such drivel clogging my inbox and taking up valuable space in the office server. So if I die, you know who is responsible!!

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