PT Usha's coach O M Nambiar is happy to have received recognition that was long overdue
Kozhikode: When his wife and children informed coach O M Nambiar that he has been bestowed with Padma Shri honour, he told them that he deserved it much earlier.
Although Parkinson's disease has affected his body, he has been able to keep his mind and memory in a healthy state. He is aware of receiving the award and the well wishes that are pouring his way even while being bedridden.
PT Usha visited him the other day after the news of the Padma Shri award came out. His face lit up when he saw his favorite student. He instructed her to have tea and was sad when Usha got up to leave.
A lot of people visit coach Nambiar’s house to meet him and share their happiness. This includes former students, former colleagues, activists of various organisations and sports enthusiasts among others. He will mumble something when he meets someone familiar. His family can understand what he is trying to communicate.
Nambiar’s wife Leela stated that his mind is still occupied with sports. Every now and then, he will mention PT Usha and instructs his son to start training. He was considered for Padma Shri award several times in the past despite being conferred with Dronacharya award 35 years back.
The family members stated that they were not expecting the award this year as well. However, they received a phone call from Delhi asking for certain details about Nambiar. When the award was declared by evening, the family and the entire neighborhood started rejoicing. Everyone stated in a single tone that Nambiar deserved this award much earlier.
Coach Nambiar’s son, Suresh Babu stated that his father was confident on being named for the award one day if he really deserved it. The entire family gathered at the family house in Othayoram after the award was declared.