A Kolkatan Malayali is leaving KolkataThe young man came to Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1955. He was only 22 years at that time. He had completed his I.A (XIIth standard), learned typing and stenography and came to Calcutta for a job. He got a job as a typist and started working in Calcutta. To save money, he used to go to the office by foot and used to notice many old buildings on the way. He used to think about the history of these buildings. He used to think about the old lanes and bylanes of Calcutta.
Although he was transferred to Shillong for a brief three years, he returned to Calcutta as soon as he got the opportunity. He started living in Bhowanipur area and used to visit old lanes, bylanes,
historical buildings of the city, and also, the National Library. Slowly, he started serious research on the history of the city.
After 63 years, this 85+ Malayali, Parameswaran Thankappan Nair, is now an established authority on Calcutta (Kolkata). He has written books and innumerable articles on Kolkata. His books titled 'A history of Calcutta's Streets' and 'History of Calcutta Corporation' are considered to be the most reliable books on these subjects. In addition, he has also edited 'Calcutta Tercentenary Bibliography' and many other important collections.
PT Nair has loved Kolkata. He thinks that he is indebted to the city and he has been trying to repay by writing Kolkata's History. He has donated his entire collection of books to the Town Hall.
Unfortunately, this Kolkatan Malayali is returning to Kerala after more than 63 years. Kolkata doesn't know who will replace PT Nair, who has loved this city from the core of his heart.