I wasn’t surprised – but the banality of it is interesting in itself. It shows privilege – that recordkeeping of my genealogy *is* most likely accurate.
What’s fascinating about genes is what it _doesn’t_ say. It can tell you if you “carry” genes but it *can’t* tell you if it’s active.
For example, I carry both “shortness” genes. But, I’m 6′ tall. It’s all probabilities.
I carry both genes for Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis. But I don’t have either. I don’t have colitis. Both genes.
So, it’s not a magic wand. But it’s fascnating anyway.
Finally: YES you can be proud of your South Indian Kerala culture.
It is YOUR heritage. YOU were raised in it. It is what you know. You are, by culture, part of a people.
It runs in your blood more than if someone was born and raised elsewhere in a different environment but has genetic links.