I know its a silly title to the post. But it has to be this way like Sujatha’s last week’s Katrathum Petrathum in Vikatan. Just as how Sujatha can easily describe toughest things with a sublime humor and practised ease. Sujatha in his weekly column, enunciates the issues of ageing and memory loss. More to it, without any pretence, he talks about the idea of death from the perspective of a rapidly ageing man. All this and more on the event of his 71th birthday. If you had missed the print edition, Desikan has published this Vikatan column, here.
Just like Desikan, it sent shockers to me. Not just me but many others who had commented about this in the previous post marking the Birthday of Sujatha. While describing memory loss, Sujatha describes about his evergreen memory with respect to nicest times of his life. His memory loss pertains to mostly petty things like, Who’s the girl who acted alongwith Rajini in Padayappa ? or What would you call an Aandhai in English ?. Did you just say, Ramya Krishnan or Owl to yourself now. I did. Then you are testing your memory to see if you have any memory packet loss.
In Srirangathu Devadhaigal, when Sujatha describes the world of Srirangam and the minute details as he enjoyed in his childhood, I’ve wondered if he had an elephant’s memory. The way he had recollected the pillars of Kamba Mandapam in the temple of Srirangam was immaculate. When I had been to Srirangam few years back, I went to the temple alone, in the wee hours of a calm day, to feel the pillars of Kamba mandapam and to relive the experience of Sujatha.
Now after a decade, when I read ageing brings acute memory loss to a your favorite writer whose memory you thought was robust, gives a selfish shock. The fact that you will also become soon like that. I’ve seen many old people reading the obituary columns as their first serving, in morning newspapers. I never knew it had an inner meaning as suggested by Sujatha. Above all this, Sujatha talks about Progressive Compromises. A term which anyone of us who has lived life can relate to. Probably its one of most abstract theories of life told in the most simple words.
Whatsoever, the column has all the fans and non-fans of Sujatha very upset. Many of them have left messages on Sujatha’s posts that they pray for his longevity. Even more, in this week’s column Sujatha had published a small poem that Crazy Mohan had sent to console Sujatha. BTW, here’s an interesting email of questions, that Latha had sent me.
….. Fyi, i still havent finished reading Kadavul Irukirara. But read Eppozhudhum Penn for the nth time. Man, sometimes I wonder if he ever transformed into a girl for a while and then got back to being a guy.
I must have read his article in this week vikatan n number of times. The emotions my face registered during the read must have given a freudian student enough to write 100 thesis. How does he manage to say so many things so very simply and in so little words. Enna memory ?! How can he quote so many people, at the right time, right place with the right facts. Only some people can grow younger every year and with such grace. I am 20ish now and when I see 16/17 year olds I feel I have grown old and trust me guru, I cant relate to most of their thoughts and opinions. I sometimes dont even approve of the latest fashion, the trend, the ‘take-it-easy’ attitude and how does this man, all by himself, keep track of everything thats happening/been happening for the past few decades. Enakku enna threiyuma kekkanum Sujatha kitte, if ever I meet him, I wanna ask him if he had time to check who his son’s friends were in school ? Did he ever get time to play cricket/carrom/chess with his children? Did he fight with his wife for less salt in sambhar ? Did he have misunderstandings with neighbours ? How did he manage office politics ? Parents meeting attend panni irukara? Theatre poi movie paarpara ille thiruttu vcd-ya? Thaligai panna theriyuma? Pondattikku kitchenle help pannuvara? Perumal sevikkumbodhu slokam solluvara? Beram pesi kaaikari vaangi irukkara ? Autokaaranoda sandai pottu irukara? Sight Adichirukara? Vasanth character avara ille vera yaaravadha?. Evalo questions. I just wanna know if he ever lived like a normal human being ?
Any answers, Sujatha !!
P.S : Sujatha Replied. Purpose of this blogpost met. Comments closed for you-know-why 😉