My friend and class mate DR.D.Sundararaman passed away in New Jersey on 17th July . I felt extremely sad on hearing this through the internet from one Sri Mahesh Krishnamurthy in his blog in world press. Many of you might have read my friends write up about his interaction with Maha Periyavaa , in his book “I lived with God “. Any one reading it is bound to shed tears .
It was in the year 1957 that , I joined the Annamalai Universtity for my B.Sc (Hons) in Mathematics. Bidding farewell to me in my native place of Chelakkara , my father told me that, , he himself has to starve along with my family so that I get educated. The only dress that he gave me where six Mul Veshtis(White Veshtis without border) and a few very badly stitched shirts by the village tailor. Unfortunately I could not get admission in the University hostel. Fortunately one of my distant uncles of my mother was living in Chidambaram . On the first day of our class , I noticed that among the thirteen of my class mates , only one was wearing Veshti like me. Apart from that he had also a tuft(kudumi) . All others in the class were extremely well dressed. Naturally our extremely poor circumstances attracted us towards each other. His name was D.Sundararaman. He was also living in Chidambaram town , with a devotee of Maha Periyavaa . There were city buses from university to Chidambaram. Both of us preferred to walk the 4 km daily together. I understood from him that his father was one Doraisamy Sastrigal who was in the Kanchi Kama Koti mut . Seeing Sundara Raman’s brilliance Maha periyava had requested his devotees to look after his education. He also wanted my friend to keep a Kudumi. Our friendship grew extremely strong during the three years of my study in the university. WE used to visit near by temples together . I still remember how visited Vadalur on a Thai Poosam day . We had also visited Thanjavur and Trichy together. At the end of the three years , I managed to write an All India entrance test and got admission in ISI, Calcutta. D.Sundararaman got a job of lecturer in Annamalai university itself . Later he did his Ph.D. and went to work as a professor in some middle eastern country .He also did work in Institute of MAT science , Madras for a few years . Then he went and settled in USA as a teacher . We both used to exchange letters and have visited each other’s homes and kept our friendship burning bright . About a year back , he contacted me to contribute an article about Goddess Kamakshi , in a souvenir to be brought out by him to honour the priest of Kamakshi temple ,who was his friend. We did talk to each other . I feel extremely upset and sad today that my friend who used to call me “PR squared “ is no more . I am praying God to give that the great soul permanent salvation .