Sivadas Ponnathil- My friend of the past 60 years
Among my face book friends , if I do not consider my brother , sister and Cousins,
Sivadas Ponnath has been my friend for the longest time .I know him for the past 60 years as a very very close friend. In 1958 I shifted to Annamalai university hostel and there I met Sri C.K.Nalina Babu , who decided that I am an unfinished sculpture and that he can make me really great.At that time being very poor and very badly dressed ,I was completly sunk in Inferiority complex. Babu slowly taught me that I was a gem of a person with capacities far more greater than all those people who were making fun of me .It was at this time of my life that One Day P.Sivadas who was Babu’s close friend in Cochin came to our university seeking admission in M.Sc (zoology) .Babu without any difficulty got him admission to the course and needed urgently to fill up a form where the Father of Sri Sivadas had to sign.He simply called me and asked me to put a signature in that form.When I told him, it is illegal , My Babu told me that it would become illegal only if father of Sivadas complained that it was not his signature.I agreed and Babu started calling me Guardian of Sivadas. Sivadas as a child had acted in a Malayalam film and was a very good singer of Malayalam film songs.Within next two years we both became very close friends. Since I did not have alarm watch, it was a job of my friend Sivadas to wake me up early morning .Since I used to sleep very soundly, Banu asked him to throw pebbles in to my room through window to that. I left the university and proceeded to Calcutta and then to Delhi to specialise in Statistics. Sri Sivadas continued in the university to complete his Ph.D.When I as in Delhi Sri Sivadas came for a CSIR scholarship interview and stayed with me in our hostel. I still remember he Brought a bottle of Nellikkai picles along with him. After the inter view I showed him round Delhi . After one more year , I needed to get admission for M.Sc Zoology to my brother ,I sent him to meet my friend Sivadas at Annamalai university.When my brother was juust wandering in Trichy station to catch train to Chidambaram,Sivadas who was also there recognized him as my brother without any difficulty.Sri Sivadas then jointed Bational Ocenographic Lab and I went to various places where my job took me .About 15 years back I again met him in Bangalore in our Common friend Chandran;s house.From then on we do have a semblance of correspondence but from 2008 , we have regular exchange of news as Both of us are active in Face Book. May God bless my friend of more than 60 years.