Sujatha DeviThiruvananthapuram:  Prof. B Sujatha Devi was a travel writer who sought the rhythm of forests and Himalayan ranges. The writer had travelled to Himalayas 7 times. Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath were the steps to that realization. Experiences and searches about the hurdles of nature preservation were shared through her words. Sahitya Akademi Award winning travelogue ‘Kaadukalude Thalam Thedi’ was one of them.

Prof. Sujatha craved to visit Himalayas since childhood but could achieve it only at the age of 45. Thereafter she visited the ranges whenever she could during summer holidays.

Professor received a fellowship from Centre for Science and Technology, Delhi for Himalayan Environmental studies in 1992. She once scribbled that her lone two month-long forest study was different from others. A planned modest nature study trip was growing into a long life experience. There in the forest, in contrast to enjoying the beauty of forest, she sought the human presence in the forest and the repercussions caused by that. She realized that Himalayas was one of a complete and unique manifestations and the uniqueness is not seen anywhere else.

Together with her sister, Sugathakumari also had dreamt to visit the Himalayas. Sujatha Devi had told earlier that her journeys to Himalayas were for her elder sisters who couldn’t visit the ranges due to poor health.

Her travel experiences were shared with Sugathakumari through letters. Those correspondences began with a salutation of ‘Kochechi…’ a Malayalam informal salutation for elder sister, and ends with a closing note of ‘Swantham aniyathi’, which means ‘Your younger sister’. They were later published in Mathrubhumi weekly. Likely non-published travel experiences of Sujatha Devi are many.

While seeking the rhythm of forest, what she found was an irregularity in the rhythm, she sorely wept over her finding. She feared, a mind that is full of greed, can find no solutions to these faults. Being tired of hearing the cries from the deserts, Sujath said, what she can do is only to act the role of a silent witness.

The professor actively participated in Silent Valley Movement along with Sugathakumari. The first copy of the case filed in the court in Silent Valley issue was prepared by Sujatha Devi.

The professor, who had a good relationship with students, has a good number of them who are eminent personalities in various fields.

Prof Hridayakumari, Sugathakumari and Prof Sujatha Devi were the greatest literary and cultural siblings’ trio in Kerala. Living in different houses in the same compound of Nandavanam at Thiruvananthapuram, they were the iconic sisters for true siblings love. Sujatha was the brightest and had a sharp memory among the trio, Sugathakumari remembers. She used to share Sujatha’s non-published poems with people in close circles.

In her last days, Sujatha’s solace was her dearest second sister Sugathakumari. As Sujath’s condition worsened and was admitted to hospital, Sugathakumari was languished. Her sorrow burst into tears when the body was brought home on Saturday morning. Now, Sugathakumari is alone in ‘Varadha’ in Nandhavanam bearing the pain of her demise.