There was a story once told in my family (a family of Telugu people).This is how the story goes and the reason for the story to be told is this.

Me asked my aunt “why do we call Tamil the language,aravam?”

“Let me tell you a story”,says atha.

Once upon a time when Rama won the war over Ravana,he was getting back home with his wife and his brother.Now all the monkeys,the vanar saina to be precise wanted to come to ayodhya with Rama.

“we shall follow you wherever you go My lord”,they said

While following they made a lot of monkey noise,so Mr.Lakshman(the brother) got angry ( he was short tempered).He told them to shut it and if they did not, he told them he will throw them in the ocean.

They shut it for a while.However,monkey being monkeys, they started to make noise again.This time the brother(lakshman) picked them up and threw them in the ocean.

The monkeys were scared and said “Kshaminchu Laksham,Kshaminchu,Memu Aravam“. (meaning = “sorry lakshman we will not shout”)

However, most of them landed in the ocean and from there there swam to Lanka saying”take us back Rama memu Aravam”.

So we telugu people! say that tamilians shout instead of talking hence we call the language Aravam(the language of the monkeys)

P.S – the Best part i am married into a Tamil family now and I am Aravam 😛

13 thoughts on “Aravam

  1. robert says:

    Can any one tell which was the first language exist in India before Sanskrit or Prakrit,
    we are busy with Aravam or goltulu why all these new sence we all are Indians some will be scary if we tell this x language came to India first.

  2. malvi says:

    Nice. But this will definitely hurt Tamilians who read it, for your pleasure of cherishing childhood memories on a blog.

    • deethi says:

      Malvi, it is a childhood memory and it was not written to hurt anyone, my in laws read this and laughed about it as this was a story that was made up b my aunt. so i am quite alright writing about it and anyone who reads it will know that it is not intentional.

  3. Nagarajan says:

    The coastal Andhra bordering Tamil Nadu was the home for early settlers from Arabia. They married Tamil girls and they learnt Tamil. But the Tamil they spoke, was corrupted with large portion of Arabic words. Even Tamil words had Arabic intonations. Thus there developed a new dialect with a mixture Arabic and Tamil. This language was called ARVI, after the early Hebrew/Sanskrit name for Arabians. When Telugu people became familiar with this language they called it as ARAVAM. This name got stuck to Tamil Language also. This was told to me by an Islamic Scholar from coastal Andhra. He claims there is a rich treasure of ancient literature in this language. May be some of you could research on this.

    • deethi says:


      thank a ton for this info and i did not write this article for any research purpose. this was written as a refreshment for my family and me.

  4. Sen says:

    தமிழ் மொழிக்கான விளக்கம்: தமிழ் நாட்டின் வட கோடியிலுள்ளது தொண்டைநாடு… இதின் ஒரு பகுதி அருவா நாடு…இந்த நாடுதான் தெலுங்கு நாட்டின் தென் எல்லையில் முதலில் இருக்கும் நாடு. ..ஆகவே அருவா நாட்டு மக்களை அரவ வாள்ளு என்றும் அங்கு பேசப்பட்ட மொழியை அரவ பாஷா என்றும் தெலுங்கர்கள் குறிப்பிட்டனர்…இன்றும் தமிழர்களையும் தமிழ் மொழியையும் அவ்வாறே அழைக்கின்றனர்.

    The Region of Thondai Nadu ( North Tamilnadu – Arcot / Kancheepuram area ) is also called as “Arva Nadu” . So The Nearby Telugu people called as “Arava vallu”

  5. Venkatesh says:

    I just asked my father before stumbling upon this blog while looking for the meaning of ‘Aravam’. He said ‘Aravam’ in Tamil means snake and in Telugu it’s a term used to describe strangers. However, he wasn’t sure about its usage in other languages. Your aunt’s story is interesting too. 🙂

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