Writing Malayalam essays is a common task that students are often assigned. Such an assignment can be difficult to handle for students without back ground knowledge in Malayalam. It is also important to know a bit about the culture of people living in Kerala to be able to write a Malayalam essay. Some universities in the US offer courses in Malayalam and such universities may demand a Malayalam essay even prior to admission.
The mother tongue of over 95% of the people of the state of Kerala, near the southern tip of India is Malayalam. The word “Malayalam” is incidentally a palindrome. It spells and sounds the same either from left to right or from right to left. The language shares a good portion of its vocabulary with Tamil, another Indian language. There is also a fair amount of Sanskrit words in Malayalam. The organization of the script with its unique symbols, corresponds with the Devanagari script used in Sanskrit, Hindi and other north Indian languages. The people who speak Malayalam are known as Malayalis.