An Interview with
Mathai C. Ittycherian
Welcome back to The Tonight Show
I'm your host Chung Lao.
Mathai C. Ittycherian
Babu Uncle. Hails from Houston, TX. Father.
Grandfather. Former member of the Indian Air Force.
Babu Uncle represents a different generation than the one I'm
in. This interview is an attempt to bridge that gap.
Enough said. Read
July 18, 2005
Babu Uncle, how are you?
Babu Uncle: Fine, thank you.
Tell us about your
Well I was brought up by Christian parents and they planted seeds of faith in
me from a very early age.
Chung Lao: Where is your hometown in India?
There is a place called
Neerattupuram(Thalavady village) 8 kilo meters from
Thiruvalla towards west.
Chung Lao: When did you come to this country, and how
long have you been here?
I came here 14 years ago i.e: Feb 1991
Tell us about your
I have only one daughter-Jenis,
married to Gerzim and they have three beautiful children,
Feba, Stanley and Sharen.
What do you think of
IndaPhatFarm.com? How did you find about it?
It is a cool site. I should say it
covers everything -politics, sports, current affairs and
funniest of all very good debates I enjoy it. My niece Praisy
has shown me Gloria's wedding pics, and Brenda's journal about
Would you say that
American culture has had an impact on Indian young people
brought up in this country? If so, what have those impacts
Yes, The independency, knowledge,
self esteem coupled with Indian values, they can become fine
young men and women.
At what age did you enter
the Indian Air Force?
By the way, who told you that? Did
you do a background check on me? Answer to your Q- 18
What was the experience
like, as it was your first time away from home?
That was terrible, leaving loving
parents and siblings, but at the same time thrilled to get
in to the best services.
Chung Lao: What are your thoughts on arranged
Well, nothing wrong with that! Mine was an
arranged one, that was 36 years ago. I also saw 4 more
girls but I did not choose any of them. There is no
compulsion or pressure that you should choose the one your
parents or anybody else suggest. After all it's you
going to get married. True, you don't know anything
about the girl, certainly we enquired about the girl and her
If it is suitable then only we enter into it
further. That doesn't mean everything is a perfect match.
It is after marriage that we learn each other. Anyway I am
against marrying after they live together for some time.
Look at statistics of the so called love marriages, 1/3 get
divorced in this country.
Chung Lao: What are your thoughts on interracial
That is an interesting subject. Nothing wrong
with it either. I read your column in the archives. I
should say it is all mostly true. There are so many
obstacles for our community, but if that is joined by God, I
am for it.
Chung Lao: What can be done to combat terrorism
Babu Uncle: You can't stop terrorism as I said earlier it will continue.
Best way to defend is to stay offensive. As Christians
we can only pray.
Chung Lao: What role do you see India playing in the
India will emerge as a superpower next to China
Chung Lao: What were your thoughts after the 2004 U.S.
Babu Uncle: Americans voted for values, particularly evangelical
Chung Lao: What was the last book you read for
Babu Uncle: Now I hardly read for recreation. What I read is only news
thru internet New York times and Indian news. Sometimes old Reader's Digest.
Chung Lao: Do your socks match?
Babu Uncle: Half of the time!
(that was a joke people, no e-mails from the Indian-American
Institute of Etiquette please. Thanks.)
Chung Lao: Fish Fry or Fish Curry?
Babu Uncle: Fish moley, I guess you can classify it as curry.
Chung Lao: List your favorites:
Babu Uncle: As the psalmist says, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes
lofty, neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or
things too high for me. My good old camry, you are too good.
Babu Uncle: Any sweet dish-Payasam!
Babu Uncle: Oh Gosh, I have no hobby now, it used to be table tennis and
dancing till I got married! Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha-Cha and Rock'n Roll were my favorite thing.
Babu Uncle: Jazz and oldies used to be, now gospel music.
E. Sports Team:
Babu Uncle: Rocket, I am a Houstonian.
F. Subject in school, and why?
Babu Uncle: Math because you don't have to study, once you got it into
your brain, it sticks there.
Chung Lao: If you could have chosen professions for
all of your kids, what would
you have chosen for them?
It is not that I choose, It is up to them to
choose. What profession they want to be in.
The Ambassador LX (Luxuries)
vs. The Auto Riksha SE (Special Edition). Who wins this clash
I think the Ambassador.
Chung Lao: Give us a fond memory from your childhood.
My father bought a pencil and I lost it. I was
only 3 years or so , my mother told me to pray for it and I
found it in vicinity of our house. That's the earliest
childhood memory I have. That seed of faith grew in me
Chung Lao: Name something you can’t stand in a person.
Cheating. When some one tries to cheat
me, I hate that.
What is your specialty in
As a bachelor I always dined in
the mess. After marriage, my wife does all the cooking. My
specialty - Jack of all trades, master of none, You know what
Name someone you admire
Mother Teresa, for her dedication,
sacrifice, and love b/c of Jesus Christ.
Is Air India the worst
airline in the history of mankind?
I think you are exaggerating,
they treat foreigners well.
Chung Lao: Mohanlal vs. Mammootty. Who
comes out on top in this clash of titans?
I haven't seen a Malayalam movie
for the last 36 years. I think Mamooty comes top.
If you could change one
thing about yourself, what would it be?
That is a tough one. There is
nothing good in me. "For the good that I would I do not; but
the evil which I would not, that I do." Rom:7: 18-19.
Are we living in the End
Is there any doubt? We are
seeing and hearing what has been foretold.
You go to sleep one night,
and wake up in front of the main gate to the city of Mumbai
around the year 400 A.D. You are 40 years younger, dressed
in Indian armor, and holding a sword in one hand, and the
horn of Mumbai in the other.
The gate to
the city is locked. Suddenly, in the distance you hear the
roar of men shouting a battle cry. As you look more
closely, you see that a horde of 60,000 Mongol warriors is
approaching at break neck speed. What do you do?
Chris, it seems you know Indian
history much more than me, I have to catch up with you!
Finally, leave us with a
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. Let us
hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep
his commandments for this is the whole duty of man. For God
shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret
thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil. Thank you Chris for having me. God bless.
Thanks Babu Uncle. Next up on
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