Sir’s Sapthathi celebration at Trivandrum
I had been to Trivandrum on 11th May for attending our beloved Sir’s Sapthathi celebration at Ayodhya Nagar Temple, Sreevarahom. Joining me were Harish (with Vidya and Nano) and Sarath (who managed to make it despite a very busy schedule with Manju and Veda mol) and Madhu.
Sir, for the uninitiated, is Mr. Duraiswamy, retired Assistant Executive Engineer, Kerala Water Authority. He started taking tuition early on in his career to help his family out financially. The habit, luckily for us, continued through the majority of his career. He played a very vital role in shaping the life and careers of many students including yours truly. I was a kind of student who was complacent and lazy and extremely prone to fits of inaction (when it comes to studies) and he worked hard to ensure that I had pretty good grades in SSLC. It was more like a gurukulam with a bunch of us staying there overnight to concentrate on studies during our SSLC days. I am sure Sunil and Sarath won’t forget those days in a hurry as we had some great fun during that time.
It felt good to know that what we did did bring lots of joy and happiness to Sir and Mami, though whatever we ever manage to pull off will pale in comparison with what they have done for us over the last 20 years. We managed to gift Sir an assembled PC and we are deeply indebted to Krishnan Mama (Harish’s father) for taking care of procurement and logistics.
The evening was mostly musical with Sarath playing the host and keeping the crowd enthralled was performances by Abhilash (who has made it a habit to win awards at events like SuperStar; a hugely talented kid who is learning Hindustani from Ramesh Narayanan), Sarma Mama (who had been with our beloved Thaadi’s Tharangini) and his daughter and son. Madhu played the spoil sport by refusing to play the violin (to be fair to him, actually he couldn’t bring it from Chennai).
People from all walks of life (Sir’s friends, former students, relatives) turned up to felicitate Sir and Mami. I am planning to start a shawl shop in the near future with his collection! :)
It was also a chance to catch up with old friends and other people from the childhood days. Met Jagadeesh and Paramesh and many others after a dozen years. Good that at least a few from the NSS batch of 1993 made it big!
Jiju and Sunil couldn’t make it since Jiju is in US and Sunil has shifted to Hyderabad.
Without further ado, here is the link to some of the pix from that musical evening and from the Ayush Homam that followed later in the week that I missed out on.