ഗൗരവമുഖഭാവം കൊണ്ട് മാത്രം TG (stands for TG RAVI) എന്ന അപരനാമത്തിൽ അറിയപ്പെട്ടിരുന്ന, ഉള്ളിൽ എപ്പോഴും ഒരു മൃദുലഹൃദയം സൂക്ഷിച്ചിരുന്ന സുദീപ് തോമസ് (CA) ഇതാ നമ്മുടെ കിടിലൻ MACE അനുഭവങ്ങൾ പങ്ക് വെക്കാനായി മനസ്സ് തുറക്കുന്നു.
Could you please brief yourself?
I can write a novel about my MACEian life. 30 years back, when I joined MACE in 1987 at the age of Seventeen, I had no well-planned dreams. I just rolled as usual.
I was working as Project Manager in Dubai based Piling Company till 2011. Then I moved into the trading of Oilfield Supplies; I’m the Managing Director of Middle East Oilfield Supplies.
Tell me about your family.
I got married to Jilu, who was my neighbor and childhood sweetheart. She is the homemaker, does the magic of keeping my friendships together and stronger.
We have one daughter Theres (Ponnu) who is doing BA (Honors) Journalism at Christ College Bangalore and one son Thomas (Baby) who is in 5th Grade.
Ponnu enjoys reading, writing; sleeps entire day, if she can. She is the food tester of Jilu’s cooking. Baby plays football, follows his second mum’s(Ponnu) passion reading and writing. God Bless them throughout their life.
Heard your daughter is a proficient writer & artist, could you please brief her life which led to this field?
Full credit goes to my wife who started reading stories at her toddler age, helped her to make a library at the age of 6 by giving books as gifts. A SCRAPBOOK always accompanied her, and being a typical Mallu dad, I used to scold her whenever I see her sitting with this crap. During our holidays at Kochi, when she was in 11th grade, she asked me to check my emails. When I opened the mail from her school with attached E Expression Magazine, I was in tears. An eloquent poem by her was published in it and the irony is I was totally ignorant about her talent. She told us her SCRAPBOOK is full of poems and paintings which she used to do during our travels & even her study time.
Author House UK has published a bunch of her poems together with her friends by the name “Through The Eyes of The Different”. She also writes articles on medium.com. Find a few of her articles on www.medium.com/@theressudeep
I remember the Heroes who traveled along with you; your bike & George Mathew Palal (Gogi). Please take us back to MACE campus.
My bike was a free taxi in the hostel, sometime couldn’t even get in time because it was ‘IN USE’ by others. Me, Gogi and my bike are moulded together- inseparable.
I was a rash/ reckless/senseless driver and him sitting at the back, never said a word in between Kochi & Kothamangalam. May be because he was terrified for his life and don’t want to distract me OR his trust/confidence in my driving.
We had an accident on the way back to MACE after a quick visit to our Tharavaad (Matha Bar), in front of ‘Aka Mayura’- the restaurant run by our trusted financier Aniyettan. I was confident in my ability to navigate all the way back and Gogi’s confidence never wavers. I kick started the bike and proving the punchline of a joke that was in circulation, Gogi lifted his leg who was at the back. Instead of taking a turn to our Den, Methrans, we went straight and took a turn at Mayura; from there the bike went down. My leg was under the bike, my knee whispering to the tar-mac road for about 15 meters and Gogi was still clinging on to me. At the end of the horrendous ride, bike turned around, I got up, inspected the bike and realised that the handle was in the wrong way. Gogi had a minor scratch on the toe, but I was in acute pain. My knee wasn’t bleeding, but I could see my knee cap.
As a typical MACEian, with no money (because all got deposited in Matha’s locker), Aniyettan took us to Dharmagiri hospital. After countless injections and some local anaesthesia, I was held at the hospital for a week with 14 stitches and my bike partner Gogi still by my side.
We are eager to learn MH stories, could you please reflect one incident that still light up your brain.
As you all know we have batchmates from North East India in the National Admission quota, We used to struggle to communicate with them. Instead of implementing a common language, we passed our Sarswathy to them.
Once I was talking to our ‘Nagavalla’ Imnatoshi Imchan in English, Hybeen came and joined in our meeting. Hybeen was disoriented for a moment and started his conversation in Malayalam. Imnatoshi was stunned and looking at him like he failed the whole semester.
Cool Hybeen as usual joked; – “ഇവന്മാർക്ക് മലയാളം അറിയാത്തത് കൊണ്ട് എന്ത് ചമ്മലാ നമ്മളോട് മിണ്ടാൻ”എന്ന്
Playing cards with Prem, Gogi, Chakkara(Manoj), Sadiue & Mathai etc is another enchanting MH memory.
You appeared to be very rough and tough in MACE campus. Do you agree with me?
NO, this is a fallacy by a few. People who knew me personally/even vaguely will never say that. I’m always a very soft hearted person. May be my serious looking face might have led some into this misconception.
Anyway I give credit to my loving family and my friends Gogi, Ramesh(Mech A), Manoj S(Mech B), Binod (Elect A), Jaimon (Civil B) etc etc who modelled me into current Sudeep.
Please narrate your social activities.
I am generally an extroverted guy who loves to hang around with friends & family but I have an active role in ROSA( Rajagiri Old Students Association) in the Middle East.
Tell us about the car accident in S8 from MACE campus to MH.
Well, that’s not at all pleasant; still I will….
It was a wonderful day until the accident; the day we all celebrated our last MACE College Day. Me and Gogi planned to celebrate the auspicious day with all my classmates in our hostel room. Some were not very close, even though we were in the same class for nearly 5 years.
While Gogi with a few in the hostel, preparing the room for a Blast, I took some to Matha Bar and had few drinks. On the way back to hostel, near the cow trap in front of the HS1, car slipped over the trap, lost the control and hit compound wall between HS1 & Kennedy hostel. The Tyre had turned and jammed under the front Mud Guard, was not able manoeuvre the car and finally it happened! Car just jumped into our playground, which was about 25 feet below the road. Rest is in MACE History.
Thanks to all who supported us; Ammavan took me to Hospital in an auto.
Tell us about the Reaction of your parents about destroying a brand-new car.
I was really scared, but that was my first lesson about patience in parenting. When they got the shocking news, my dad did all arrangements to receive three of us who needed Scanning at Lissie Hospital. To my surprise my parents never talked about this accident or the damage I caused, but was concerned only about me and my friends in the car. I’m really blessed to have them.
Please give some advice to young MACEian?
Study & Play Well. Make Good Friendship
What is your thought about our Throwback in August?
Great Idea. I really appreciate Saji TD, who took the initiative and brought things to this level.