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Reunion:Geetha Deivasigamani (left) and G. Madhurambal Subramanian.
Reunion:Geetha Deivasigamani (left) and G. Madhurambal Subramanian.

When G. Madhurambal Subramanian of Nagapattinam, came to Chennai on a brief official visit one week-end in July, she thought that the trip would be like any other that she made now and then.

That was until she read an article in the Downtown supplement (Dated July 8) of The Hindu. The article ‘Writer, matchmaker and more” about Geetha Deivasigamani by this reporter rang a bell in her and jostled her memory of her childhood days in Pudukottai.

Being the Dean of Science, Assistant Professor and HOD of Chemistry in a college of Nagapattinam, she had to hurry back to the town, but not before she stored in her cell phone Mrs. Geetha’s mobile number, mentioned in the article.

A few days later, she made the call to the writer and hesitantly asked her if she was the same person who was her classmate and close friend in school decades ago. Soon the two women, who had lost contact with each other for four decades, engaged in a long conversation about their journey in life since then.

In a letter thanking Downtown for bringing back the two friends together, Mrs. Madhurambal says “It is my immense pleasure to express my deepest happiness on reading the article… that helped me to renew my friendship with Geetha Deivasigamani after a gap of four decades. During our school days, we were the only competitors for getting the First Rank in our class throughout our schooling, but without any jealousy between us.”

Mrs. Geetha says she was overjoyed to hear from her friend after all these years.

“Last week, when Madhurambal came down to Chennai, I invited her over to my house for lunch and we chatted for a long time,” she adds with glee.

She also sent us a photograph (published alongside) taken on that occasion.

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