It was in1963 that I
just joined my eighth standard class at AH School. Many days passed but our
class didn’t have a regular class teacher. Well, imagine a headless class with mischievous
boys, many of whom were out grown in size and aged for that class. A few little boys like me
were sandwiched among them in the class and found it extremely uncomfortable.
We told the problems to some friendly teachers and got a stock response saying
that the new class teacher will come and join anytime soon and thereafter he would
take care of your well being. We prayed for that day and waited impatiently.
One fine morning a lean fellow clad with a spotless shirt and dhoti arrived in
the class and introduced us as our new class teacher. Many grown up laughed and
a few smiled and the weakest of all sported despair. Wondered will he be able
to do justice to his job!
Alas! He did a wonderful job as teacher, mentor and counsellor. Unfortunately it was only that year I had the opportunity to be their in his class. I never remembered him after leaving school. When I saw the obituary put up by his family members it was already five years over after he left the world. Sad indeed!
Late Sri O V
Kammaran Nambiar, an accredited Astrologer of yore and a Sanskrit Scholar par excellence
and a distinguished Educationist of last century is my Guru who initiated me to
the world of letters.
The affection shown by him at a time when it was not forthcoming
from many other relatives, was immense and that is one big reason I wish to
publish his details here even though he left this world way back in 29th
September 1980 at the age of 82. OV as affectionately known, has eminent sons
and daughter and a large family. The village Azhikode got the first primary school
through his efforts in 1925 , nearly 90 years ago. His knowledge in astrology made him an authority
and is known throughout Kerala state. The
last day I met my Gurunathan was way back in 1978.
I had an occasion to meet his eldest son T K Damodaran Nambiar who visitedour home in 2005 April a few
days after Vishu rejuvenating his fondness and respect to my father who died in
1999. He is also a teacher himself and scholar who won the best teacher award in his thirties. His younger brother Ramachandran Nambiar is an expert Ayurvedic Physician
whose dedication is well known. He too visited us to condole on hearing the
demise of my father. I am extremely thankful to both the persons who took so
much of effort to locate our home deep inside the village Kalliasseri as a matter of courtesy that can be found rarely now.