She was an opinionated, strong- willed, orthodox-leaning lady, no doubt. But she wrote beautiful English. She had a wry sense of humour. She was generous and true in her appreciation of what other bloggers wrote, so long as it didn't conflict with her views. She was sensitive; and loving.
I have never met Ms Kochuthresiamma P J in the flesh. I met her in the blogosphere. I learned that she had been the Professor and Head of the Dept of English at Assumption College, Changanassery. She always commented appreciatively on most of what I wrote, though my post on the Sabarimalai hoax wasn't much to her liking.
After battling with the 'Emperor of all Maladies' for 5 years, she finally succumbed a week ago. In her writings she often mentioned about the battle with the disease; every word shone with her courage and indomitable will. In her blog, 'Pareltank', the last post appeared, written by her son, a beautiful eulogy on his mother.
KPJ is my first blog friend to pass away. She leaves an inexplicable, disturbing vacuum. I have always wondered at such a situation, where the words left behind by a blogger remain for eternity (?) floating around in the ether. The late blogger is still talking to you, you listen to him/her with this eerie knowledge that it is deadspeak.
Someday, sooner or later, so would be mine too.
Balachandran V, Trivandrum 20-11-2011