Ambili irons out wrinkles in her life, earns doctorate


Ambili along with her mother
Ambili along with her mother

Irinjalakuda: For Malaekkaparambil Ambili of Karukulangara in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur, ironing out wrinkles of life has been a pursuit since a long time. She realized that navigating through challenges in life is inevitable from the time she was doing her pre degree. It was during that time her father passed away. Not very late she was married off. Ambili got into the cobwebs of life but was not ready to give up.

She took up ironing for a livelihood for the family, which was her father’s occupation. During free time and night she dedicated herself to studies. Ambili’s mother also gave moral support to her interest in studies. She completed BA and MA from Calicut University in distance mode education. After that she cracked the SET(State Eligibility Test) exam and got a job as guest lecturer in Christ College, a self-financing college in Irinjalakuda. It is from the interactions with the faculty that Ambili got interested in research field. She pursued and completed her PhD in portrayal of family in short stories.

Friends, teachers and customers who give clothes to Ambili for ironing supported her pursuit. She also pointed out that they also flagged shortcomings in a constructive way so that she could fix it. "I am very proud about my ironing occupation. It is this occupation that sustained our lives all the way along,” Ambili said.

She further added that failures have not affected her. “I don't want to look at my failures. If we ponder over our failures, we will lose today and tomorrow,” she said with a confident smile.

Ambili now wishes to do a post doctorate degree.

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