There are two annual migrations that Malayalis celebrate. The first comes around January, when the expat Indians and media (several of them sponsored) make a beeline for New Delhi (mostly) for the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
Overnight, several NRIs become the supreme visionaries ever to tread our land, all of them so overtly concerned about the welfare of Malayalis. Some want voting rights (currently, in vogue again), others want to the elevate the status of the workers, and almost all of them want one of those ‘Sammans’ which will eventually lead to a Padma Shri. (Edit: one such Samman winner is in jail for corruption in Oman).
Thus has the fame graph of several expat Indians been made, starting with the PBD honour, and then much like Pranchiyettan, greasing the right hands to win the ‘coveted state honour.’
What follows is the press conference, wine and dine, back in their respective countries, where the local media sing praises on the rich entrepreneurs’ philanthropic mind, and how he (it is always a he) has been born only to save us.