In an adieu note, K Gopalakrishnan, who served as the Thiruvananthapuram district collector for nearly a year, states that the memories of the capital city are sweet and they will last forever. He also shares thoughts about Thiruvananthapuram city in the farewell note titled ‘Thirondaram Kidilamanu …Enikettavum Priyapettathu…(Thiruvananthapuram is amazing…My Favourite…) posted on social media.
Thiruvananthapuram is my favourite, and it is the southern-most district of the state, says Gopakrishnan, who has been recently transferred to Malappuram.
Waxing eloquent on Thiruvananthapuram, he notes that the capital city has the state’s first university, medical college and radio station; television center, zoo, museum, planetarium, government hospital, law College, women’s college and public library.
“Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala and is also the birth place of stalwarts such as Mahatma Ayyankali, Sree Narayana Guru and Chattambi Swamikal. Many administrators have graced the secretariat and the city boasts of the country’s most important rocket launching center,” he states.
The historic city, spread across 2,192 sq km, is an epitome of communal harmony as it houses the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the richest temple in the world, the Beemapally mosque and the Vettukad church.
“How could I forget the beauty of city roads lined up with gulmohar trees? The statues of great personalities reflect history. Nishangandi, Kanakakunnu Palace and Tagore Theatre are repositories of art, literature and cinema. University College, museum and public office are mute witness to history and these edifices also portray the rich architectural excellence of the city,” Gopalakrishnan notes.
The city centers such as Chala and Palayam, and the village markets at Aralummoodu, Mamam and Kattakada, and smaller market places throw light on the trading side of the city. The techies of the Technopark, officials and fisher folk, among others are a hard-working lot chasing their dreams, he adds.
“The soul of the city is as pure as the waves of Arabian Sea and the love of city as soothing and pleasant as the Western Ghats. Moreover, Agathyakoodam’s strength is an insulating factor for the capital city, he states.
“These memories are sweet and they can’t be shrugged off. They will last forever,” concludes Gopalakrishnan.