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Indian man finds father’s lost grave in Malaysia

Indian man finds father’s lost grave in Malaysia

Indian man finds father’s lost grave in Malaysia

Tamil Nadu: Indian man finds father’s lost grave in Malaysia

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Indian man, whose father passed away when he was just six months old, went to tremendous pains to track down and visit his far-off, foreign grave. Reports from Tamil Nadu-based journalist Prabhurao Anandan.

When questioned about his early memories of his father, Mr. Thirumaran—who goes by one name—doesn’t have much to say. He actually has no memory of his appearance.

His father, K Ramasundaram, a Malaysian schoolteacher, passed away from pneumonia six months after his son was born in 1967.

That same year, Mr. Thirumaran and his mother travelled back to Tamil Nadu in southern India.

She also passed away in 1987, when Mr. Thirumaran was 22.

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He kept some musty old letters that his father had written and that his mother had passed down for years. His father was a “wonderful humanitarian” and a “excellent vocalist,” she had informed him.

She had also disclosed the location of her husband’s cemetery in Malaysia, in the town of Kerling, where he had resided and passed away, before she passed away 35 years prior.

Mr. Thirumaran, a 55-year-old activist who oversees a school for kids rescued from forced labour in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district, made the decision to visit his father’s cemetery in November in an effort to “rekindle his connection” with him.

“I would often assume that I needed to go see my father, but I never really thought about it. Before now, “He claims.

Everything began with a Google search.

Mr. Thirumaran began his investigation by attempting to find his father’s school, but other than its name, he knew nothing about the establishment.

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At Thotta Thesiya Vakai Tamil Palli, a small school run by the Tamil community in Kerling, Ramasundaram taught English.

Mr. Thirumaran then instructed his students to Google the school’s address. “I have no computer operating experience. My kids then showed me a picture of the school after looking it up online. I was astounded “He claims.

Additionally, he discovered that the school had been relocated, so he emailed the principal to ask for assistance.

He made contact with his father’s former students—many of whom still reside in Malaysia—through the school management.

Several of them responded to his inquiries during the following days and offered to search for the burial.

The students, who are now in their 80s, talked well of Mr. Thirumaran’s father, and Mr. Thirumaran stated he was startled by this.

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“One of them shared with me how my father purchased him a bicycle so he could commute to work and school. Another claimed that my father assisted him in succeeding when he struggled in school “said he.

I became aware of what I had lost in my own life after hearing all of this.

The cemetery close to a bush

When some of Mr. Thirumaran’s father’s former students in Malaysia discovered the burial, they let him know.

A distraught Mr. Thirumaran travelled to Malaysia on November 8 to visit his father’s final resting place.

He entered the old cemetery in Kerling, which was concealed by a grove of trees, on a sultry morning, and made his way through the many grave markers until he came to one close to the bushes. It belonged to his dad.

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“The tomb was a little worn out and overgrown with wild grass, but the gravestone contained a photo of him, along with his name and birth and death dates,” recalled Mr. Thirumaran, who added that up until that point, he had never seen a photo of his father and had no clue what he looked like.

The mother of Mr. Thirumaran had brought some earth from his husband’s grave with her when she left for India, which he claimed he had sprinkled on his mother’s grave.

An emotional Mr. Thirumaran stated, “This time, I took a handful of earth from my mother’s final resting place and laid it on my father’s tomb.”

“It seemed like they were sharing their love with me even after they were dead.”

Before leaving for India on November 16, Mr. Thirumaran cleaned the grave over the course of the following few days with assistance from his father’s former students. He also lighted candles and led several prayers.

In the form of precious memories and mementos, including old photographs of his father, he claimed that the journey had given him “more than he had dreamed.”

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“I was told by his pupils that I resemble him. For a youngster who was raised without a father, this was a moment of complete redemption “says he.

MK Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, was also interested in Mr. Thirumaran’s narrative and tweeted that Mr. Thirumaran’s journey and the ways in which he received assistance along the way represented “the unique cultural identity of Tamils.”

“Man is an emotional ocean. I believe Thirumaran spent his entire life looking for his father’s grave “Added he.

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