|With Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, the legendary writer|
During these days of a week long literary festival in connection with the birth centenary of the legendary writer and Jnanpith laureate, late Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, that is being held at his house Sankaramangalam at Thakazhi from April 10, I would like to share the experience of my first and the last meeting with him almost 14 years back.
My friend Ajith and I arrived at Sankaramangalam in an afternoon . We started from Alappuzha in the morning. We were particular that we should see Kuttanad in detail before seeing the story writer of Kuttanad. Therefore we chose to board a service boat from Alappuzha to Changanassery , through the backwaters, to be absorbed in the scenic beauty of Kuttanad. From Changanassery we went to Chambakkulum in a bus. From Chambakkulum we took a long walk through the paddy fields to reach Sankaramangalam. While reaching Sankaramangalam our minds were filled with the beauty of Kuttanad and we have started to imagine ourselves as the contemporaries of the Characters in Thakazhi’s stories.
The legendary writer was kind enough to spend more than half an hour with us recollecting the grand vitality of Kuttanad during his younger years. He was deeply worried about the deteriorating ecosystem of Kuttanad. Above all, with the kind of love and care in his words and the approach towards us, he made our visit an exceptional ‘homecoming ‘…which we would never forget.
When I met Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, the legendary writer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.