Malayalam, Madam... were the simple words that I was using to test my little BASIC program to check whether a given string was a palindrome. My dad mentioned this to me for the first time and introduced me to the history of Palindromes and its use in historical events. I loved Palindromes thereafter and I still have the habit of reversing the letters while I read a new word.
"Able was I ere I saw Elba" was a palindrome used to mark the defeat and exile of Nepolean Bonaparte.
"A man, aplan, a canal, Panama" when Panama Canal was conceived.
"Madam, I am Adam" was the first reference to the first man of the world in the Bible.
In Tamil, a different kind of palindrome. Read horizontally and vertically.
Si va ji
va yi le
ji le bi
Fascinating, is'nt it?
The longest palindrome has 17259 words.