Kochi

A Chevalier recalls his fruitful innings

Chevalier C. C. Ramdas, who served as Hon. Consul for France, at his residence in Fort Kochi. Photo: H.Vibhu

Chevalier C. C. Ramdas, who served as Hon. Consul for France, at his residence in Fort Kochi. Photo: H.Vibhu

Mementos given by captains of French warships that called at Kochi dot the living room of Chevalier C. C. Ramdas' house.

The former Honorary Consul for France in Kerala (he was conferred the title in 1985) turned 84 years on July 12. Mostly confined to his house at Manthra Road, Mattancherry, Chev. Coombil Couvary Ramdas is a native of Mahe which still has remnants of French rule. Three generations of his family served the French. Chev. Ramdas left Mahe at the age of 13 and joined Santa Cruz Cathedral School in Fort Kochi to learn English. .

Besides being a meeting place of Congress leaders of yesteryear, XL hotel, the owner of which Chev. Ramdas stayed with, also had many foreigners staying there. One of the residents was C. J. Revel, who later became the French Consul General in India. He started a steamer agency in Fort Kochi (C J Revel and Co.) and entrusted Mr. Ramdas with the supervision of the office work. “Later on, in his absence, I used to do many of the official works of the Consul General,” said Chev. Ramdas. After Mr. Revel's death, Mr Ramdas looked after many of the French interests in India. Following this, he was appointed Hon. Consul for France and bestowed with the Chevalier title. He used to interview people from Kerala who sought French visas. Chevalier Ramdas also supplied manpower to shipping companies abroad and helped French citizens visiting India.


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