Translating the Granularity of Indian Society
by Raghav Sharma , , pp.,
August 2006, volume 30, No 8

One would have liked to use the term “Andhras” but it is not an accurate one to describe the Telugu speakers. The Andhras in the present-day social and cultural context are confined to Nellore, Prakasam, Krishna, Guntur districts. Even those who belong to East and West Godavari districts have a distinct identity of their own, while those of the northern districts of Visakha-patnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam belong to a charming cultural world of their own. Then we have those from the Rayalaseema districts of Chittoor, Anantapur, Cuddapah and Kurnool, with their open hearts and their ways of rustic violence. The people of Telengana in the districts of Hyderabad (excluding the city of Hyderabad), Medak, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Warangal and Khammam are a different lot again. Each area and district has its cultural identity marker in terms of cuisine and language. And each of the groups has a healthy contempt for the other one’s cultural predilections. The social geography is very important in understanding the literatures produced by the Telugu-speaking peoples.

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