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Thrivikramji earns shipboard exposure.
It was like the last quarter of 1980, I believe, that I was introduced to Comdr. Duke, who was then stationed at the Naval Base, Kochi. I did not know how Director C. Karunakaran of CESS got acquainted with Cdr. Duke, but one thing was sure they were very good friends. Whenever, Duke had free time he used to come down to Trivandrum to see the pursuits of the MSD group. hen I joined, Cdr Duke came down and held fairly long discussions with me as to the programs I was planning for the MSD, CESS.

Russell Lawrie was born at Sillyearn, Grange, Banffshire, on 30th May 1913. He spent most of his early years in Fife, where his father was a schoolmaster at several locations and he himself was thus educated at various schools, latterly at Buckhaven Secondary, where he was Dux Medallist in 1931. From there he gained a Taylour Thomson Bursary to St Andrews University, graduating BSc in 1935 with a First Class Honours in Geology, also being Class Medallist for that year. He had an active extra-curricular life and was a founder member of the University Mountaineering Club, Captain of the Hockey team 1935-36 and a Hockey Blue. In 1937 he took part in a University scientific expedition to NW Iceland, a trip which not only provided valuable experience for his later work in Skye, but stimulated his lifelong interest in the pastime of bird watching, an activity in which he became expert.

Road to Career-Thrivikamji and Baskaran go to Dehradun, Aug.  1965 .

In 1965 May or early June or so, and after  the M.Sc  results were announced, I was indeed happy and thrilled about the prospects of getting a very decent job in one of the professional organizations employing fresh PGs in Geology  from the colleges and Universities. Even in those days in spite of being a very lowly organization those days, ONGC was a good employer, especially because it was autonomous. The largest employer on the other hand was the Geological survey of India. 

Cliff Walk:  Gcians on foot to Papanasam North Cliff, Geologycafecliffwalk, Aug, 27 
(Reliving of my nostalgia) 
The cliff walk invented, initiated and promoted by the GC, had participation by geoscientists of minimum three generations. The gen III, was represented by at least nearly half a dozen student gcers, gen-II by some five guys and gen-I exclusively by me.



            The Department of Geology moved from the city campus to the University Park, Kariavattom, during Dec. 1968. We, the faculty were only four in number; Prof. K.K.Menon, Shri.K.V.K.Nair, Mr.R.Krishnanath and me, Thrivikramji.K.P. Dr.Rajendran Nair rejoined the Department after his Ph.D(from Leningrad U), say in the academic year 1969-70. Mr. Raju Philip was in IITKh, with Prof. Asok Mukherjee doing his Ph.D.

This was closely followed by, a Soviet exchange visitor Prof. Maria A.Romanova (a Math-Geologist and an associate of Academician A.B.Vistelius) choosing to come to Kerala to be attached to the Dept. of Statistics.  Soon after her arrival in the University Park, Kariavattom, Maria discovered that a geologist (trained in USSR), versed in Russian language sat just one floor below her own host, the Statistics Department. In fact, after a brief discussion between Prof. Menon and Dr. (Ms.) A. George of Statistics, an office space was carved out for Maria in the room where Rajendran Nair sat.

Thrivikramji.K.P. shifted to Trivandrum Office

of Directorate of Geology

(Work story-4)

Once I went back to the Chalapuram office, in mid-March, 1967, within the stipulated time of one week, I finalized the accounts and cleared all the dues to the office. Completion of the scientific report was the second task. It took hardly another ten working days or so to submit the same to the geologist boss. By the end of first week of April, 1967, I was a freed bird. Enjoying gossip and contributing to the gossip or chats.

Down south in Trivandrum, by that time the University of Kerala started a search for two lecturers in the Dept. of Geology. In response to the advertisement, I filed a c.v. for the job. Yet, I earnestly believed that my chances of bagging an offer are extremely slim. For one thing, I am far outside of research and secondly the past experience (if a better qualified person shows up he/she will walk off with the job). In fact in the 1966 selection, a similar situation arose and the offer went to a PhD mineralogist. Yet, this time around only difference is the availability of two slots.

Dr. Thrivikramji.K.P., Work Story-3

(Asst.Geologist, Directorate of Geology),

With the new offer of appointment as Asst. Geologist, (with a rider warning me to meticulously observe the service rules), I took a bus to Kozhikod, to report for duty to the Geologist, in his Chalapuram office. I was received jubilantly by my friends - two nairs and one Iyer as well as the boss - yet another nair. The supporting staff also cordially welcomed me.

After formally signing the register to join duty in last week of Dec.1966, keeping with our earlier routine, we walked out to the street for a cup of coffee and snacks. Our usual place was the Tea stall run by the Co-operative Milk Marketing federation in the Kallayi rd. The place was not a great looking one, yet it was attractive for our age group, as our seats looked-over a bus shelter, which most of the day time had a crowd of the fair sex and one or two with outstanding build and colour.


Soon after my graduation in 1965, I had been assisting Prof. KK, Menon  (my own Professor) by readying sediment samples and/or sedimentary rocks in the laboratory for various downstream analyses. The year 1965 went off in the midst of many significant events. For example, one needing record is the award of a fellowship by the Ministry of education, Govt. of India to study for a Ph.D., in the USSR and in the Patrice Lumumba Friendship University (PFU), Moscow.

In fact, Rajendran Nair (one of the two lecturers in the Department) too had an offer of fellowship by the Ministry of Education to study in Leningrad University, USSR. Nair took the offer and packed off to Leningrad toward the end of 1965.   I did not accept the offer of fellowship and instead chose to stay back hoping that when university makes a search for a new lecturer I might get that offer. I took the million-dollar decision based on two premises. One, that I might stand a pretty good chance at the selection for filling the position left open by Mr. Nair. Secondly, for reasons of their own, my parents did not approve of or diffident about my trip to Moscow as I was only at the vibrant age of 22 yr.