Kesavan Ashan, oldest man in Kerala, passes away at 119
Kollam: Kesavan Ashan (119), who was known as the oldest man alive in Kerala, passed away. The man who lived the entirety of 20th century and stepped into the 21st century passed away on Wednesday afternoon. As per the Aadhar card, he was born on January 1, 1901.
Respected by all people, Kesavan Ashan taught thousands of children in his lifetime. He lived with his fourth daughter, Santhamma, who is 80. Although he suffered from poor eye sight and hearing loss, age did not affect his memory.
The experiences of floods, his journey to meet Gandhiji and spinning threads using spinning wheel were all vivid in his memory. The locals and school students used to honour him on August 15 every year. Mathrubhumi had published a news about Kesavan Nair during last New Year.
He had learned Sanskrit from his uncle, who was a Vaidyakalanidhi. He then learned Raghuvamsa and Ashtanga Hridayam from a school established by Dayananda Saraswati.
Kesavan Nair used to say that his lack of desire or attachment towards anything is the secret of his health. Yoga and Pranayamam were part of his daily life. He also worked in the farm along with teaching students and recited Keerthanam before going to sleep every night. He said that this routine could be the secret to his long life.
Lincy, a ward member and one of Kesavan Nair’s students, said that he did not have any kind of problems until two days back and only experienced fatigue later. Kesavan Nair’s wife Parukkutty Amma died at the age of 80.