With bundle of love, tribal women from Krishnavanam visit poet Sugathakumari
Thiruvananthapuram: Tribal women Maruthi and Rami from Krishnavanam in Attappadi came to visit poet Sugathakumari on knowing the recent news about her ailments and last wish. When the poet met the ladies who were with her years ago, she was happy and relieved too.
The women were anxious after reading the Mathrubhumi report on Sugathakumari’s revelations about her last wish. Attappadi Bommiyanpadi Krishnavanam native Maruthi, who belongs to ‘Irula’ tribal sect, cannot travel alone. So, she came with Rami who is the Mahila Samakhya worker in the panchayat. Both of them travelled in bus to reach Thiruvananthapuram.
Former director of Mahila Samakhya P. E. Usha helped the women reach Sugathakumari’s residence at Nandavanam. Both hugged the poet and she also showered them with love. ‘These ladies are afraid if I would die,’ the poet said without a grain of fear on her face.
It was during drought in 1986, Sugathakumari and the people of the tribal colony planted the trees in Krishnavanam. Maruthi described the present state of the dense forest. There are elephants, leopard, wild buffaloes and bear inside the forest. When rain started, the forest turned even darker,’ Rami said.
Maruthi used to go for farming. Now she has age-related ailments and is unable to work. She also complained that their plantains were destroyed in the wind. The children of tribal colonies still continue their studies in ‘Abhaya’. But they cannot study further after Plus Two, Maruthi said.
Sugathakumari did not forget to inquire about her acquaintances and their families in the tribal area. She also asked about Dr. Prabhu Das who married the first lady doctor among the tribes. They replied he still serves in the area. Rami added that there are more doctors among the tribal people.
The poet remembered that once her photo with Maruthi was published in Mathrubhumi weekly. She also wanted to go to the dark and deep valley once again. But Usha reminded her of the physical ailments and difficulty to ascend the Ghat.
Maruthi ‘s last visit to Thiruvananthapuram was nine years ago. It has been two years since Sugathakumari visited Attappadi. After having lunch with the poet, Maruthi and Rami returned to Palakkad by train on Saturday evening.