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Sanju Samson’s favourite spot in the city

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Sanju Samson   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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The cricketer likes to reflect on his life and career at a quiet corner at his alma mater

Sanju Samson says his college days has had a lasting impact on his life, both as a person and as a sportsman. And now one finds out that his campus has truly played an important part in his life in more ways than one. His batchmate in college, Charulatha, and he are all set to tie the knot in December. His announcement on social media came as a pleasant surprise for all his fans.

So, perhaps, it hardly comes as a surprise when the wicket-keeper batsman, who currently represents Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, chooses a charming, quiet space in his alma mater, Mar Ivanios College in Nalanchira, as one of his favourite haunts in the city. “Paradoxically, I feel I get more time for myself when I’m travelling [for cricket] than when I’m home, as I am quite busy. However, when I find time for myself, I love to sit all by myself at a green, open space behind the Department of English. It’s a place close to nature,” says Sanju, a graduate in English Literature.

The 23-year-old, who is busy with the Kerala cricket team’s preparations for the upcoming Vijay Hazare trophy, says he uses the hangout to reflect on his life and career. An avid diarist, Sanju says when not listening to music, he often goes there to leaf through his “thoughts, memories and experiences” that he manages to jot down amid a hectic schedule. “When I go through my own words, retrospectively, I get to understand myself better... how I’m living, what more I can do, what I have achieved, where I need improvement in, where I went wrong and so on.”

Mar Ivanios College

Mar Ivanios College   | Photo Credit: S. GOPAKUMAR

A habit he started about six years ago, Sanju says though he used to write a diary daily, these days, a hectic schedule doesn’t allow him much free time. “Nevertheless, I do manage [to write] once or twice a week,” he adds. Sanju, a resident in Venganoor, often chooses a time outside academic hours to ensure quietude and avoid the spotlight to visit his favourite place.

So when not going down memory lane, where else does he like to hang out at? “I like beaches and I sometimes book a beach-front spot for myself at the Bait restaurant at Taj Vivanta in Kovalam,” reveals Sanju. “I go there for the peaceful atmosphere. I just love to sit and relax and soak in the beautiful sea,” he signs off.

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