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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

SYMA remembers KE Raghavan this day !

 Today is Wednesday - 25th Aug 2021

On this day in 1258, George Mouzalon, the regent of the Empire of Nicaea, was assassinated as part of a conspiracy led by nobles under the future emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos.

On this day in 1609 - Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

.. .. and today, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat in the  high-intensity series – 3rd Test at Headingley in Leeds, playing the same team.  The best Indian bowler is kept out but the strong middle order (including the Captain) struggling to find runs get chance after chance. It was a dismal performance as India went to lunch, only to come back and lose their last   six wickets for 20 runs, and England didn't need James Anderson to take a single one of those - Craig Overton, who ? -  taking three, In terms of historically low scores, it's not quite India's worst after winning the toss and choosing to bat first, but it's not far off.

.. .. no post on History or Cricket but on a man who made a deep impact in our lives as also in Social service ! Srinivas Youngmens Association (SYMA) has been doing service relentlessly since 1977.  Of our many services, Medical services and Education services are our prime activities.

We have come a long way since 1989 when our medical services were launched in a small street corner at Peyalwar Street ~ many our volunteers have striven so hard ensuring that pleasant and quality service is extended to poor and needy.  Of the many people involved – we recall and remember the passionate services of dear KE Raghavan born on 12.10.1953

14 years have rolled by since that sad day [fateful Saturday 25.8.2007] the person liked by us all “Kunnavakkam Elayavalli Raghavan”  [Alamu Stores] passed away – his sudden death shocked Triplicane and hundreds turned up at his funeral.  He would ever be remembered for his nice words, smiling face, hard work done always at the background without ever showing up on stage.  On a day when Sri Sankaracharya was to visit our medical centre in its nascent stage, he took upon himself, the task of whitewashing the entire premises and the day beckoned with the place so neat and clean.  He was exceptionally good in cooking and the sambar that he used to make still lingers.  In SYMA tours, besides other manual work, cooking and serving was his area and he made everyone feel happy with that.

Every year we remember him on 25th of August – this year on Nation’s Independence day - around 225  people were screened ~ 23 persons were selected, were taken to Sri Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal on the same day.  Cataract surgery was done free for them, later,  they were brought back to Triplicane.   

60+  persons were prescribed spectacles.  The eye-glasses were made by Sri Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal and they were distributed in a function held at SYMA Medical Centre today @ 7.00 pm.

Today SYMA remembers Mr KE Raghavan, who left us this day in 2007.  The edifice of SYMA has been built brick by brick by the efforts of some and late KE Raghavan played a great part in maintaining the Centre those days. His brother Mr KE Srinivasan, Prop. Alamu Stores, distributed the glasses alongwith Mr TJ Ramani, Mr Kasthuri and others.  Many Office bearers and members were also present.

Me with KE Raghavan ~ photo taken in 1994 at Vellore – SPIC Viji marriage !


With regards – S. Sampathkumar
25th Aug 2021.

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