Comfortable in the kitchen, even if hot
Cool in American melting-pot
Committed as professional managers
Content being priestly archakars
Happy as Tamil authors
Hep as accented English speakers
Nonplussed even as atheists
Even when in America, our slang rules at home.
Grew, where we landed, the local Tamil Sangam.
Wrote Tamil Novels as if it were a mission.
Penned Tamil Blogs like it was a passion.
Dug out & preserved classical Tamil literature as the holiest.
One day, all of a sudden, a man filled with evil
Outed us from TN society saying we aren't Tamil
As we laid our hopes on that government job
We were true to the profession
Head held high, 'coz we avoided all corruption
Lived a life of sincerity & truth
Denied a govt job suddenly, we found an alternate path
Brought up a generation that ignored the babudom at its roots
So much so there aren't any of us in the government jobs aged less than forty-five
Been there done that in the Independence movement where we'd taken a deep dive
Contributed to the independence fight
Believing sacrifices for the nation were very right
Had our fair share of martyrs
Carried our guns, conducted our undercover movements as per charters
Beaten up we were
Kicked badly we were
Imprisoned we were
Mauled we sure were
Today's parties don't consider us of any worth
So much so that we don't get to occupy an MLA, MP or even a councillor's berth
Have learnt to live with the modern untouchability
Responded to Gandhiji's call, & founded Harijan Sangams with humility
Flung open to "lower castes" the doors of many a Tamil Nadu temple
Vaikom warriors who go on & continue to ramble
Will never remember & for sure even today, such a hero ignorantly mumbles
When asked who opened up the doors of Madurai-Chidambaram temples
Some of such folks keep calling us Aryan
Forgetting that from among us came a Ramanujan
Or even that venerable Sir CV Raman
Even of late S Chandrasekar or V Ramakrishnan
Teaching was in our internal composition
Did you forget our part in making the Indian Constitution?
Or even setting up many an educational institution
For that matter in the aspects of knowledge revolution
However whenever we were, in Tamil cinema, mocked out of sheer spite
... as a dumb Paarpaan, we learned how to stay stoic & not to take a slight
"Don't behave like a Paarpaan" is a phrase that does hurt
A smiling face & an earthy life still remain our lot
Wherever there is a problem in the world
Even if there are no rains, abuses are hurled
As if Tam-Brahms & America have gotten united
The crime report is read & we are indicted
The unreasonable haters will one day, surely, turn around
However long it is, till then we will stay our ground
Simple, no frills, food
Do your work oh so good
We may be, well some of us, geeks
When crossing a temple, to worship we still touch our cheeks
Morning & evening, it is a hasty Gayatri Mantra chant
The kids' future & security is always an unchanging constant
We do read about caste & communal clashes
When we do so, our hearts experience hot flashes
There ain't anybody who can be called high, not even one!
For that matter can someone be called low, that too would be a wrong'un!
We love our mother tongue, pretty sure of that!
We love our Indian nation, even as an expat!
Simple hearted we are indeed;
Simple lives we continue to lead!
Original is that @Iyerpatriot Patriotic Brahman's thread
My effort is only to get it in English to have it read
By a larger populace, which has been duped.
Hopefully, through these, we see TamBrahms' honor recouped!