He was suffering from Cancer for the past 4 years and particularly during the last 3 months he was just sleeping, eyes closed for 24 hours a day. There was no consciousness at all and he never uttered a single word during this 90 odd days.
Vijaya and I were in Bangalore when the news came (5-40 AM) and we two and Ashok and Neeraja came to Chennai in Ashok's car and reached Thiruvanmiyur house by 4 PM. Susha and family had left for Delhi on Thursday only (25th) and they rushed back direct from NDLS station. Pattu Manni had also come. Later Vasu, Srikanth came from Delhi, Suresh, Sudhakar from Mumbai, Rama from Hyderabad.
CREMATION Sugavanam was cremated at 10:05 AM on Sunday, 28th August at Besantnagar Crematorium. Most of us went for the cremation. Magesh (h/o Subha) performed the rites. Many relatives, like Paripoornam Athimber, his daughter Jayashri, Ambi, his akka, Bhuvana (d/o Sukku of TNagar), and Baskar of Neyveli came to the house to condole. Many phoned.
3rd day, MON 29th Aug: The rites started at Mahadeva Theertham on the East Mada St, Thiruvanmiyur. Magesh did it.
30 Aug to 4th Sep: Daily rites were performed by Magesh (Sudha).
11th Day at Theertham : We didn't go. However we went to Sugavanam's house in the evening to chant Vishnu Sahasra Namam, along with Vijaya and others.
12th DAY RITES at the Theerthan: We two went at 8AM. Today is Shodasam and Sabindikaranam rituals. All these days (11 days since death) the departed was called Pretha swaroopi but today he was enjoined with the Pithrus - in Sugavanam's case he enjoined or father Subramania Iyer. Three Brahmins ate Sraththam Samaiyal prepared at the theertham. Dhanams also distributed. Since Magesh was acting for Sudha, the rites were different and also abridged today,
13th DAY - GREKKIAM or SUBASYAM : All Apara kariyams were over yesterday only. Today is Subasyam. We two took bath in the house and went to Sugavanam's plcae by 7-45. Vathyar started Nava Gruha poojai by 8-45 and Homam later. It was over by 12 noon. Then lunch from caterers.
Sudha, Chandar, his parents, Subha, Magesh, Ramana, her daughter, Pattu Manni, Vishnu, we two, Arun, Arvind, Jayaraman, Kalyani, Poornima, her care-taker girl, Mangalam, Gopi, (Priya, Rajesh came but went earlier, didn't have lunch), Prakash (21), Venkat, his wife, TSG, mami, another Mami (I don't know who), Raja, Janakiraman's son, plus three Vathyars (31) + children ate.
Then I took rest (slept) till 5PM and returned home by 6-15.
THE END of SUGAVANAM. I read my write-up on Sugavanam at his house.
Rajappa 7-45 PM