AZHEEKODINTE AATMAKATHA: Sukumar Azheekode; DC Books, DC Kizhakemuri Edam, Good Shepherd Street, Kottayam-686001. Rs.125.
AN ORATOR and thinker par excellence, literary legend, and social critic, Sukumar Azheekode is a multifaceted icon in Kerala. He is a celebrated teacher and distinguished philosopher and scholar in Sanskrit, English and Malayalam. He has been constantly critiquing the social, cultural and political developments and laying stress on the Gandhian principle of probity in public life.
His autobiography starts with an account of his meeting the apostle of nonviolence in Wardha.
The other person who moulded his thoughts is Vaaghbhatananda, whose life and speeches inspired Azheekode to take to the study of Vedas and Upanishads, the outcome of which was “Tattvamasi”, a masterpiece that brought him laurels more than any of his other works.
In this biographical account, Azheekode gives a reverential, affectionate and vivid recollection of the teachers and speaks of the influence of his parents and siblings. And he recalls the sacrifice his elder brother made so that he could pursue higher studies. His association with Calicut, during his days as a teacher and a trainee, lingers all through.
His achievements in the literary field and the defeat he met with in the elections are detailed with commendable detachment.
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