Sunday, February 4, 2018

M Sankaranarayanan IAS as I knew him

The morning news paper brought bad news to me ...I came to know M Sankaranarayanan passed away yesterday.No sooner I dashed to their residence in Richmond Town to pay respects to a man with whom I shared rapport and confidence.He is the son-in-law of O K Nambiar and son of a former Supreme Court  judge Shri Govinda Menon and a relative of M G K Menon FRS.He worked in the IAS for several years and was former Chief Secretary of Karnataka State.

I mentioned somewhere our lives in this city from formative years was closely associated with the family of O K Nambiar.We used to visit their house as children and I remember as a child attending the wedding reception of Mr.Sankaranarayanan in Glass House in Lalbagh in 1968..thereafter the first birthday of their son Govind at their official residence in Vanivilas road...and at 22 Cunningham road when their second son Gopal was born.I still remember the phone number in the 1970s.. 75695. 74453 the phone number of Prabha Sankaranayans sister Prema Bakthavatsalam..and 51188 the residence number of P C Nambiar FRCS in Cox town.

As an adult my first meeting with him was perhaps in 1988 at their Indira Nagar residence when he was MD of KSFC and the discussion with him went on for a long time and therafter came to know he was made Chief Secretary to the state and even a rendezvous with him in his office in Vidhana Soudha.

I had the oppurtunity of entreating him to dinner at Hotel Capitol once and also  he had made it possible to visit our home.I will be missing the long conversations I used to have with him at times and his generic down to earth soft spoken persona.

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