Dedicated to the memory of my friend K.C.Ramachandran aka Rajan of Perinthalmanna
By his friend
Sri .K.C.Ramachandran aka Rajan lived in Perinthalammanna which is a town adjoining the famous Angadipuram temple of THirumandhankunnu Bhagwathi. He was running a small unit producing ready made Adai for making Ada Prathaman , a great delicacy in Kerala. I am reminded of a story when I write about Ada Prathaman.
It seems one Namboodiri family conducted a Sradha in which another Brahmin was fed. According to tenets the Guest Brahmin should eat to the fill and not eat anything on that day afterwards..The Namboodiri kept on asking the Guest Brahmin whether his belly is really full. At last the guest Brahmin declared that , there was not even space to put his fingers in his throat . When the guest Brahmin came out , he was offered Ada Prathaman by his friend who was in the opposite house and he drank it .Unfortunately the Namboodiri who fed him earlier saw it and became very angry.He asked the guest Brahmin , how come he could introduce so much of Ada Prathaman, when he did not have even place to insert even his fingers.It seems the guest Brahmin told, “Will there not be way to the king to go even in overcrowded roads? Don’t you know that Ada Prathaman is the king of food?”
KCR who did not know me saw an advt in internet put by me about free matching of horoscopes by me and sent me a mail , attaching his daughter’s horoscope and a few more horoscopes. As per my normal practice I replied to it , next day early morning .Then the mails containing horoscopes kept on coming from him. I was surprised once he remarked to me that I see the horoscopes early in the morning around 5 Am. The very shrewd KCR could make it out by seeing my replies .Once in a while he used to phone to me. Then some crisis occurred in the peaceful life of KCR. When he told me about it , I got the horoscope of all the members of his family and told him not to worry .I also was able to console him pointing out to him that his problem would get solved.
. He then became my friend .Later whenever I needed any Malayalam book , I used to write to him and he would search heaven and earth and send it to me .His daughter’s marriage was celebrated in Palghat .I do not have the practice of attending marriages outside Bangalore but he compelled me to attend his daughter’s marriage .I was the VIP guest of the marriage and put up in possibly a great hotel in Palghat. His son was attending to my needs all the time . I have never been treated that way in any other marriage .
After a few months when me and wife went to Guruvayur , we engaged a Taxi and went to his house as well as the Thirumandhamkunnu temple .It was there that I came to know that it was his family who were the pioneers in production of readymade Ada in Kerala .Though initially the idea was given by his mother and they started doing it in traditional way and sun dried it and sold it..Slowly 90% of the activity was mechanized as per his ideas. He told that most of his family members were running independent companies in several places of Kerala as well as in Pondicherry .I felt that every one who drinks the Ada Prathaman made by instant Ada should visit his home and see the mechanic devices that he was using .
Our friendship continued as his son came to study in Bangalore .Every time he came back from Perinthalmanna , My friend KCR would send some new book. About a month back ,His son informed me that he has passed away .I lost a great friend of mine and became greatly sad .I am sure KCR with his sunny temperament must be happy in heaven too in company of Gods.