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September 20th, 2001 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

September 20th, 2001

September 20th, 2001
07:02 pm


In the sixteenth century, the Portuguese invaded Goa and forcefully converted many Hindus to Christianity and also forced them to eat Fish and all. Some people fled from Goa to the southern parts (especially coastal areas) of India. Some reached Kozhikode, in Kerala, but the Samutiri Ruler there didn't allow them to settle there. They went on to Kochi and Thiruvithamkoor. The king of Kochi through some proclamation, provided support for them and they settled in many places. They were given consent to start Pandikasalas and involve in trading. The Raja of Purakkad, a village near Ampalappuzha, also supported some group who reached there, and another settlement was made there.

They were my ancestors.

A Temple used to be a marking point of all such settlements. The Sri Venugopala Swami temple at Purakkad was established in the seventeenth century I guess. The temple can be seen when we travel by bus from Ampalappuzha to Harippad through the NH47, on the left side of the road, just after the Purakkad bus stop (The Limited Stop passengers don't stop here). The Western Gopuram has been renovated recently, but the Eastern one still looks ancient.

Why am I writing it now?

Yesterday evening, while coming back from the vegetable shop with a bag of tomatoes and potatoes, I was thinking of all this. My grandfather Vamana Vadhyar (father's father), whom I have never seen, used to be the priest in this temple. His father was Kallu Vadhyar. I don't know his father's name.

Around hundred years ago, My great grand father also might have walked from market to home with a bag of vegetables, dreaming of future. And there goes 100 years and even I don't know, even his name. So that is life.

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Yesterday I watched the movie "Pushpak" in television. It was real fun. I had seen it many years back, in a black and white TV, but had forgotten most of it. Great direction by Singitham Srinivasa Rao in making this dialogue-less movie.

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