23 Jan Life in Melevariam, sree Krishna lane, Kowdiar
We all of us, my dad and mom, kochettan (later councillor Chandrasekara Das) and Das Chettan (the eldest of the herd working in travancore devaswom board) reached the Melevariam home say like at about 11 am in the morning in the month of October 1955 to start a new life in the city of Trivandrum.
In fact some of the old timers in the neighborhood even ridiculed us by calling fellows who came to town by counting the lamp posts. There was a man a tall large frame one, mr chellapan Pillai
Used to criticize my brothers for no reason.
However, the uncle and appuppan of Pulimoodu verdure were very friendly and in fact visited our home to enquire about us and sincerely offered help if there need be. The women folk of the same house, like Amma and matemma occasionally visited our home in person.
There were two school going girls for Amma in addition to four boys very grown up ones.
I liked all of them including the girls. In fact the elder girls who I called Chechi took me to the Trivandrumm zoo along with her during the wild life week when th school going kids get free entry to the zoo.
It did not take a long time for our family to dissolve in the neighborhood.
I studied in the Salvation Army school at Kowdiar where Chechi also studied. Chechi is a thin fair skinned gir with long face and fairly large James bones. Chechi went to college several years before I joined college.
But completed pg only after my completion. She was married to one of her class mates. But did not have children. Unfortunately Chechi after her third decade contacted cancer and succumbed to it.
But wrote profusely short stories an a fiction – eerkilillatha olayila- which nbs published.
In the mean time when I reached high school due partisan politics, we were evicted by a court case from our home at Melevariam.
It was sad event, as we had to go to another house to remake our home. That house is behind the present day Thankamma Stadium in the Kowdiar peroorkada rd.
The stay there did not last long and we moved to Prakash Bhawan very much at the present day Ambalam jn.a nd to the NE side, separated from the jn just by a row of road facing shops. I went to high school and Pre university class from that home.
My balsam Chettan got married to Chechi when we were in Prakash Bhawan. It was a love marriage. To get the marriage approved my Chettan had to pretend mental illness. He was given an electric shock therapy by dr. Kv Jacob in the mental hospital at Trivandrum. My dad knew the doctor as the dad of two kids he tutored at their home.
By the time when Chettan couple was to add a new baby to the home he located another house in the Oolampara -sap road. The baby was delivered in a hospital. Dad anyway retained the Prakash Bhawan though all of us sort of lived in the Oolampara home. The baby girl is dr. Anita das who teaches biochemistry in the avinashlingam deemed university in Coimbatore.
Chettan then decided to leave the devaswom board job and joined some jobs in Calcutta
Then kochettan me and dad and mom started living in a rented house in the NCC road.
It was during the stay in NCC road we build a new house in the kythavilakom lane to the north side of the temple at Ambalam mukku
My last year of college and university education happened in the new and own house which we called our home in Trivandrum.