November 1 is Kerala Day, a day the significance of which most Malayalees have by now forgotten, or attach least importance to. On this day, 43 years ago, in 1956, the geographical entity we now call Kerala was born, as a result of the reorganisation of the country on linguistic grounds. It was in effect the reunification of two Malayalam-speaking segments, one, the Travancore-Cochin State, and the other, the Malabar province of the erstwhile Madras State.