Father's act keeps son's memories alive

Father's act keeps son's memories alive

In consolation

“Putra shokam nirantaram,” (Grief over the loss of son is eternal) goes the saying in Sanskrit.

Residents of Mulbagal collect water from the borewell revived by Subrahmanyachari (inset) in memory of his son. DH Photo

However, Subrahmanyachari and his family, instead of wallowing in grief over the loss of their son, are reliving him everyday for the past four years by providing water to villagers and cattle.

A resident of Mulbagal town, Subrahmanyachari lost his 11-year-old son Puneeth Raj in an accident in 2008.

Subrahmanyachari was riding a two-wheeler with his son as a pillion rider. They met with an accident near Ajjampalli, in which Puneeth Raj was killed and Subrahmanyachari escaped unhurt.

Subrahmanyachari and his family members were thus left to grieve for the rest of their lives. However, the family instead of loosing themselves in grief, decided to sublimate the grief into something useful to society.

Subrahmanyachari revived a defunct borewell adjacent to his agricultural land at Bypalli on the outskirts of the town. The City Municipal Council responded well to his request.

Subrahmanyachari installed a motor and sought electricity connection. A cement pond was constructed next to the borewell, thus, making water available to people. A cattle pond too has been constructed for cattle.

People and cattle who slake their thirst at the ponds thus go happy. Subrahmanyachari and his family have thus set an example worth emulation by converting a personal tragedy into a societal gain.

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