Chettiars, Burma and Fiery Dragons


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What does a small cluster of less than 100 villages in Tamil Nadu have in common with agrarian flatlands of Burma? And what are both of these doing in a conversation taking place in a modern urban home in the IT corridor of Bangalore? This week, in the the third episode of teh series, The Great Migration, we look at the story of the Chettiar community, who at the dawn of the 20th century owned a financial empire that straddled both South and South East Asia. Their migration and subsequent legacy in Burma is contested, and brings to the fore tough questions about the legacy of migratiory communities. Tune in, and discover the life lessons in their story, and an emotional passionate lesson from a modern urban home in Bangalore.

Special thanks to Jaisimha Chandra, who not only opened his home to me, but took time out to share the rich collection of artefacts he has so lovingly preserved.

Till then Check out the other episodes of "India's Linguistic Heritage"

The Hidden Story of Sanskrit, and the North-South Divide :

Reclaiming India's Linguistic Heritage: 300 Ramayanas?:

Partitions Unknown: Hindi, Urdu and the Umbilical Cord:

The Hidden Injustice in India's Languages:

Breast Tax, Brahmins and the Bizzare origins of Modern Malayalam:

The Improbable Impact Of Nature On 2000 Languages:

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