That life is full of surprises was brought home on Wednesday to children participating in the Malayalam language camp being organised in the capital city by Malayalam Pallikkoodam . For, calling on them and sharing his thoughts with them was one of Malayalam’s most iconic writers, M.T. Vasudevan Nair. It was a brief interaction, but one that the children would cherish all their life. MT spoke briefly to the children, expressing his happiness at having been invited to meet them. The children informed him about their familiarity with his works with brief readings. Artist Narayana Bhattathiri presented the writer with a collection of the calligraphic headlines, including those for many MT’s works, to the author.
Children placed flowers at the feet of the writer and sought his blessings. Poet V. Madhusoodanan Nair, president Malayalam Pallikkoodam, was the master of ceremonies.
MT pointed out to the children how important it is to learn the mother tongue as the future of the language depended on the younger language speakers, who would read poetry and short stories as they grow up. Reading would provide children with insight into the State’s history and the Malayali identity by instilling in them a feeling of pride in the language and culture, he said.
Crowning his interaction with the children, MT wrote on a broad white sheet of paper: “My language is my home and my refuge. It is the breeze that caresses me. It is the cool water that quenches my thirst. I am my language.”
MT impresses upon children the need to be proficient in mother tongue.