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Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Blogger Passeth Away

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


  1. Honorable and well realized tribute to your friend.

    Yes, sometime we shall all write our last post. . .

    Aloha from Honolulu

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  2. My mother lived a full life. She was everything you said.. and more. Thank you. The eulogy on her blog was written by my sister and how well she captured Amma's spirit - Grace and Hope - the two words that personified her, especially in her final years - which were her most dynamic years, in spite of the illness...

  3. Oh my!

    I am so very sorry to hear that. I enjoyed her novel and posts at pareltank. I was infact wondering why hasn't she posted.

    I feel very bad that I couldn't tell her how much I enjoyed her posts.

    ..am still shocked ! too shocked to write anything more.


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