A picture from Kerala has gone viral not for queues but for lungis! Here’s why

Prashanth Nair, the district collector of Kozhikode in Kerala posted the picture on his Facebook wall on Saturday afternoon with a strange observation and people just loved it and could not agree more.

By: Trends Desk | Kolkata | Updated: November 19, 2016 11:39 pm
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In the aftermath of the government’s decision to demonetise old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, jokes and meme have been doing rounds on the Internet. Each state and community has been interpreting the demonetisation move in their own way and has been having their own share of fun. One particular joke however has been quite popular that targets people from Kerala. The joke, taking a dig at the people hailing from the state, says, “Request to PM from Kerala: Either ask liquor shops to accept old notes or ask banks to sell liquor. We can’t stand in two lines each day.”

If you think you can’t just pass it off as any other joke circulating on social media that has little resemblance in reality, think again. A picture of people in Kerala standing in lines have gone viral, but for a completely different reason as opposed to other photos of queues going viral.

Read | Demonetisation: People in Kerala, Raipur have found interesting ways to ‘stand’ in bank queues!

The picture shows two lines, one before an ATM and other before a liquor shop – “Videshamadyam” written in Malayalam. On closer look, one may note that the line outside the ATM is actually shorter than the other.

Prashanth Nair, the district collector of Kozhikode in Kerala, posted the picture, that originally appeared in a newspaper, on his Facebook wall on Saturday with a strange observation and people just loved it and could not agree more. Nair noted that the basic difference is not the length of the queue but in the appearance. While the people standing in front of the ATM had their lungis unfolded, people in the other line had it folded up. He wrote: “One queue is lungi/mundu up and one is lungi/mundu down.”

As practice and norms go in the southern state, people keep their lungis down or unfolded, when visiting temples or places where decorum and sanctity must be maintained. On the other hand, people usually fold the lungi up for convenience while walking or engaged in physical work.

Nair’s post has gone viral in a very short time and the comment section has been buzzing in affirmation. One user commented, “Down with demonetisation! Up with alcohol!” while another wrote, “The one with lungi down will make their lungi up if the transaction is successful.”

It looks like the people before getting money are in their humble and sombre self and as soon as they have the money, and they feel they have the power – the power to consume. Kerala is known as a heavy consumer of alcohol.

So, the big question is: Is the joke about Kerala true? Well, only time shall tell.

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First Published on: November 19, 2016 4:42 pm
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    ARVIND
    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:01 am
    थोड़ा धैर्य रखने की जरुरत है ! बाकी काम मोदी जी कर ही रहे है ! #मेरा देश बदल रहा है।
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      Balgit
      Nov 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm
      So, 1. You say your own people are "generally stupid". I am sure your parents would be proud of you, as they also fall in this "generally stupid" category. 2. Modi compared Kerala Attapadi to "Somalia", not "Ua". For you they all look the same. Haha. Ask why Modi said that? because he was campaigning during elections and he wanted the tribal votes. Not a very noble intention. Did he send his health Minister to Attapadi after elections? 3. You says Hindus will be separated? Well not because of Communists, but because of Aaryan "caste system", untouchability, and brahmin supremacy. Even a prominent caste like "Nair" is considered to be of "low birth" Sudhras as per the scriptures. Some of the castes were not even allowed inside the caste system, they are "Avarnas". Read some books, get some GK. 4. Yo said "Political parties please Muslims and Christians". BJP pleases some Hindus, IUML please some Muslims, Kerala Congress pleases some Christians. They all are wrong. They all should be disqualified, but it is Election commission's call 5. You say "North Indians worship cows?" Let me ask you ,If you worship cow, why tie it by its neck and steal its milk from the calf? 6. People in Kerala queue for alcohol, Jio Sims.." So What, they are in queue on their own free will. Nobody is forcing them to, unlike demonetization. 7. You say, Keralites are brainwashed easily,. if thats your impression, prove it by agreeing to what I said.
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        Balgit
        Nov 20, 2016 at 7:11 am
        The RSS sympathisers are making fun of Keralites because of many reasons 1. Keralites respect the benevolent King Mahabali over Aryan God Vamana 2. Most Keralites eat meat/fish and many eat the "taboo" beef 3. Keralites believe in harmony of religions 4. Keralites are educated and hence not easily brainwashed or provocated 5. Kerala has a communist supporting majority and Govt 6. Kerala people are politically resistant to RSS and BJP
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          Balgit
          Nov 20, 2016 at 7:14 am
          The reason why the headline says "lungi is down" is because the person who wrote the article , and the person who tweeted nor the people who wrote the comments are not keralites. And hence do not know the differnce between lungi and mundu.
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            Aam Aadmi
            Nov 20, 2016 at 7:08 am
            Modi ji's demonetization move is the boldest move ever as said by Bill gates - regards, BJP IT Cell propaa team volunteer.
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              indrajith
              Nov 20, 2016 at 6:13 am
              ha ha ha funny mallus..
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                indrajith
                Nov 20, 2016 at 7:30 am
                lungis flying high..rofl
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                  S Makwana
                  Nov 20, 2016 at 1:32 am
                  Right Kejriji.
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                    nikhil
                    Nov 20, 2016 at 3:52 pm
                    And If U want to c the truth then just understand that People from north are the most uneducated stupids. Tey r the ones kkilling for case and religion. Caste based reservations stil prevail oly cause people ter r stupid to kil lower caste people just cause tey stepped into the upper caste person's house. Tey r the ones who votes for religion. tat y for many yrs vote bank of political parties are geting filled in name of religion. If u dare to do tat in kerala u wil find urself ditched and wil nvr hav a single vote in ur pocket. Mr. modi m8 have done many gud things but wat he said in Kerala m8 b true but he said it to get votes in name of caste. If ter was no elections he wouldnt hav com to kerala for any thing at all. and ya I have seen Q for the Jio sim and alcohol more in North than in Kerala and people their even bargain wit a street vendor of 1rupee witout a shame even if tey own a BMW which i hav seen. So stop callin urself a stupid and learn the facts. Just cause u r stupid doesnt make al the same.
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                      True Indian
                      Nov 19, 2016 at 12:08 pm
                      So, the big question is: Is the joke about Kerala true? Well, only time shall tell. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;well.. unfortunately yes it is
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                        Ramesh Sargam
                        Nov 19, 2016 at 7:03 pm
                        Well, I don't see any lungis but only dhoties.
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                          TheLast Augur
                          Nov 20, 2016 at 6:47 am
                          Udta Lungi for demonetisation!
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                            Sukrith Krishnakumar
                            Nov 20, 2016 at 10:20 am
                            You really think that? I'm a keralite and I know a few things about people from Kerala... They are generally stupid... Yes they may be educated but they blindly follow politics instead of the truth! Prime example is when PM modi said that death toll in attapadi is more than that at Ua! Political parties said PM Modi compared Kerala to Ua and every blind followers repeated the same! People in Kerala is in harmony with religion just for votes... Understand that please! Political parties clearly know that Hindus will always be separated and for Hindus politics is more important than religion... So all these political parties tend to please Christians and Muslims just for votes as they are united! About beef no one has ever said to keralites not to eat beef... We haven't seen cows as gods and so no one cares... But north Indians actually worship cows and it's a law not to kill cows as far as I know... Military establishments have stopped serving beef during UPA rule... No one said anything about that! And about this article... It's very true! People in Kerala and India actually queue for alcohol, Jio sim, tickets for movies, free rice, free vegetables, grocery etc with no issue whatsoever... But now everyone here is making issues because political parties say this is bad! Keralites are brainwashed easily by politics!
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