KOCHI: Writer Rosie Thomas, 81, wife of the late dramatist C.J. Thomas, died at her house at Puthenpally, near Varappuzha here, on Wednesday. She was 81. She is survived by two sons and a daughter.
Family sources said the writer was not keeping well for the past few months and her condition deteriorated on Wednesday evening. She died on the way to hospital.
Her works include Jalaka Kazcha (essays), Annie, a novel, and Americayil Oru Malayali Pennu, a travelogue. Her memoir on her husband, Evan Ente Priya CJ and her book on her father, Urangunnu Simham were well received by literary circles.
Even Ente Priya CJ had won various awards including that of the Kerala Sahithya Akademi.
In this book she recalls her first meeting with her future husband at a tutorial college run by her father, M.P. Paul, at Changanassery. One whole chapter (‘Paccha Kuthira’) is devoted to this meeting. Rosie, like her father and husband, defied established conventions of the Catholic Church.
The writer had also translated George Orwell’s Animal Farm into Malayalam.
“A charming personality,” is how noted litterateur M.K. Sanoo recalls the late writer. “She uniquely combined in her practical sense and idealism.
“We were like members of the same family thanks to my closeness to Paul master and C.J. Rosie radiated a rare energy and enthusiasm even in the face of personal tragedies.
“When C.J. developed memory lapse, she nursed him like a mother and showed immense strength of character in deciding not to bring his dead body back here as she knew the church, courtesy his ideological differences with it, wouldn’t give him an honourable burial. Unable to see C.J.’s dead body, I didn’t go to see Rosie after that. But when we met sometime later, she broke down in front of me for the only time as far as I remember,” says Mr. Sanoo.
“I had been witness to many of their verbal duels, too. Rosie’s marriage to CJ was not liked by her father, but that didn’t affect her respect for Paul master.
“In fact, she was all awe for Paul master’s personality, one without any showmanship. ‘A sleeping lion’ was how she described him in her book on him. At the same time, she could fathom the intellectual ability of her husband, too. When he resigned jobs in quick succession, she stood by him as an understanding wife,” he recalls.