സഞ്ചാര സാഹിത്യകാരൻ എം.സി. ചാക്കോ മണ്ണാർകാട്ടിൽ, 85 അന്തരിച്ചു

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26 May 2022

സഞ്ചാര സാഹിത്യകാരൻ എം.സി. ചാക്കോ മണ്ണാർകാട്ടിൽ, 85 അന്തരിച്ചു

കോട്ടയം :പ്രശസ്ത സഞ്ചാര സാഹിത്യകാരൻ എം.സി. ചാക്കോ മണ്ണാർകാട്ടിൽ, 85, അന്തരിച്ചു.നീണ്ടുർ മണ്ണാർകാട്ടിൽ പോത്തൻ ചാക്കോയുടെയും മറിയാമ്മയുടെയും അഞ്ചു മക്കളിൽ നാലാമനായിരുന്നു.

പൊതു മരാമത്ത് വകുപ്പിൽ വർക്ക് സുപ്രണ്ട് ആയിരുന്നു . 1989-ൽ അമേരിക്കയിലെത്തി. 10 വര്ഷം ഇവിടെ ജോലി ചെയ്ത ശേഷം റിട്ടയർ ചെയ്തു.സ്വാതന്ത്യത്തിന്റെ നാട്,ഭുമിയുടെ ധാന്യപ്പുര, മെക്‌സിക്കോ,ചരിത്രം ഉറങ്ങുന്ന ഭുമി ,ഒരു സഞ്ചാരിയുടെ ജീവിതവഴികൾ തുടങ്ങിയ  ഗ്രന്ഥങ്ങൾ ഏറെ ശ്രദ്ധിക്കപ്പെട്ടവയാണ് .

ഭാര്യ അന്നമ്മ ടീച്ചർ നീണ്ടൂർ അത്തിമറ്റത്തിൽ കുടുംബാംഗമാണ് . മക്കൾ: ബീന ജോസഫ് & ടോമി പീടികയിൽ, ന്യു ജേഴ്‌സി; ബിനോയി & ബീന പടവത്തിയിൽ, ഓസ്റ്റിൽ, ടെക്സസ്; ബിന്ദു ജോയി & സജു ജോയി, പിറ്റസ്ബർഗ്, പെൻസിൽവേനിയ; ബിനു & സണ്ണി (ചിക്കാഗോ)
സംസ്‌കാരം മെയ് 29 ഞായറാഴ്ച ഉച്ചക്ക് ശേഷം നീണ്ടൂർ സെന്റ് മൈക്കിൾസ് പള്ളിയിൽ .

Mr. M. C. Chacko was born on August 21, 1937, to Pothan Chacko and Mariama Mannarkattil in Neendoor, Kerala, India. He was their fourth son.

He began his career as a work superintendent in PWD. Soon he changed to RMS, Railway Mail Service, and served in Assam during the Indo-China War. After thirty years of service, he took voluntary retirement and came to the US in 1989.

He worked ten years in a factory before retiring. One of his primary ambitions when coming to America was to visit places and write about them. He started by traveling all over the United States, and then to Canada and Mexico. After retirement, in 2000, he moved back to Kerala and began expanding his traveling horizons by visiting Cuba, Hawaii, Iraq, Pakistan, Peru, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, and Russia. He also traveled extensively within India itself. He wrote his autobiography and even translated it into English so his grandkids could understand it.

Many of his books were recognized in both the US and India; one of his books about Mexico was even used by Gandhi University as teaching material!

He was always enthusiastic about learning new things and then teaching them to others. He always had something to say to everyone around him, and he had the ability to keep them interested in whatever he shared. He had a vibrant personality, and none who met him could ever forget him. His knowledge of history and literature was extensive; he enjoyed passing on his knowledge by asking his grandchildren trivia questions, often knowing more American history than even college students! American friends always commented on how interesting it was that they ended up learning history about their own country from an Indian.

He left behind his wife Annamma Athimattathil, Neendoor (Hindi Annamma teacher), and 4 children (and their spouses), 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Beena and Tommy Joseph (NJ), Benoy & Beena James (TX), Bindu & Saju Joy (PA), Sunny & Binu Isaac (IL).

His funeral will be held in St. Michael Church, Neendoor, on Sunday afternoon, May 29.

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A Tribute to My Dad

 A tribute to my dad (Chacko Mannarkattil, also known as M. C. Chacko, Summer Appappan, or RMS Chacko). He was born on August 21, 1937 and passed away on May 25, 2022.My dad was a very generous and kind man. He was always known for going out of his way to help others. Growing up in a rural village (Neendoor) in Kerala, India, he was very involved in shaping the worldviews of my three sisters and me. He encouraged us to read world classics and biographies of famous people. We always had great discussions on history and politics with him at our home.

The most important thing I cherish about my dad is his care for me and my family throughout his life. He was ALWAYS there to help with anything. He worked very hard to provide for the family. When we all migrated to New York in 1989, he started working right away, in spite of the hard winter, and continued that trend for many years. He never wanted to be a burden on anyone.He was very easy to relate to and always had a sense of humor. If you have read any of my dad’s travel books, you will know what I mean. I always saw a crowd around him, and people loved to hear his perspectives on various matters (and of course, he had something to say about anything and everything in this world!).If I remember correctly, even when he was 80, he still played soccer with us. He was always asking general knowledge trivia questions to his grandchildren (God had blessed him with 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren), and they loved it, especially when cash prizes were offered! Even on his 85th birthday (August 21, 2021), just before he had the stroke, he gave great advice to all his grandkids over a Zoom meeting.

My mom and dad had a wonderful married life, for about 57 years. They were both so different, but they complimented each other perfectly with those differences, and they were a model couple for many around them. They loved each other and always supported one another.My dad heard the Gospel so many times, as all his children became born again (total surrender of your life to Jesus) at various stages of their lives. I believe he had received Jesus in his heart during his last days before his stroke, as my mom told me that there was a big change in his life for the last two months or so before then, as he started joining her for prayer and praise very often. I believe he is now with the Lord.I will miss you, Dad. No one can fill the vacuum that you left in my heart. I truly believe many other people can also say the same about you. I am thankful for the legacy you have left behind with your children, children-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and I look forward to meeting you again someday in Heaven!

Even though it is hard to deal with the loss of loved ones, death is a reality we will all face one day.There is no escape from it. But thankfully, death is not the end of everything; there is life after death! Jesus came to save us from eternal death, and He shed His blood to save each one of us. He is alive and living for us today. If you read this, I want to challenge each one of you to search your soul, and I am hoping that you will give your life to Jesus so that you can have that assurance of salvation. May the Lord bless you!

Benoy James ,Austin, TX USA