Monday, January 30, 2017

The day after.

By 2030 hrs yesterday, 'The Quarterdeck' was left with Ramadasan kochachhan-Sarojini chittamma, Sanil, Mini, Ammu and Anjali along with us after we'd seen off our guests from Thiruvananthapuram, by the evening train. This morning, Sanil and I'd gone to the railway station to see off the elderly couple by the 6 o'clock passenger, as they were on their way to Chengannoor. That they reached their destination almost four hours late, thanks to the halts enroute because of the track doubling activities, was a bitter truth.

Sanil, Mini, Ammu and Anjali had left, for Bangalore in their car, half an hour later and reached their destination by about 8, in the evening. They'd stopped on their way at the 'Poonthaanam Illam' from where it's believed that Guruvayoorappan had presented himself to take his ardent devotee to heaven in his human form. The house of Poonthanam Namboodiri, an exponent of the Krishna cult of the Bhakthi movement, known for his work, Jnanappana(Song of knowledge) is situated at Kizhattoor at Perinthalmanna in the district of Malappuram!

Life was back to normal after the frenetic activity of the last four days. Everything related to the engagement ceremony had gone off without any hitch and there was no panic either, during the course of the execution. The house had reverted to being quiet with Preetha going about efficiently doing her work and the poor girl had a lot of muck to clean! The frequent gusts of wind blow in a lot of fine particles of dust through the open yet mosquito-proofed windows!!

The walk in the evening was fine and it was good to unwind after the break of a couple of days. The heat has suddenly picked up and the use of the air conditioner has become a necessity and mind you, it's just the end of the month of January! Saw this evening's episode of the 'Crime Patrol' - the reasons that force people to commit murders are crazy, to say the least!! The sheer inability to lead a normal life subsequent to a crime, somehow, gets lost or forgotten in the heat of the moment!!! I suppose, the jail term is a great leveler and I must concede my grudging appreciation of our police force. The way they go about building up the case diary, once the FIR is filed, to the final cracking of the case involves stupendous work and an eye for detail.


(a) The student unrest in the Law Academy in Thiruvananthapuram continue without any let up. It's the 20th day of their agitation.
(b) Today is the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi. My humble prayers for the great soul.

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