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Rtn Edwin JF DSouza

May 15, 2012

It was just about five years back that I read in one of the Jesuit Alumni Journals  that a certain Kuriacose was honoured for his 40 years of service in the  refectory of St. Joseph's Hostel in Bangalore.

He had joined  a couple of years before I became a hostelite in 1967 in St. Joseph's. Kuriacose or Kuria as we called him was young, handsome and sturdily built and although his job was to wait on us, he showed no sign of trying to be friendly with us with some ulterior motive of being tipped every now and then. He did his job of serving us at the table and that was that. At times when we were late for lunch or dinner he would know we had a tough day at the college (or somewhere else) and would serve us an extra portion yes,  but he wouldn't stick around to accept our "thanks."

He had no habits; an ardent reader of Malayalam Manorama, an occasional beedi, puffed hiding behind the massive pillar of the U-shaped hostel and yes, he would never miss a Hindi movie on a Sunday, were his habits, if one would call them so.         
He and his friend  Thangappan  would leave the Hostel around  2 in the noon on a Sunday and stand in the queue  for the tickets for  a 3.30 pm show.

It was on these Sunday afternoons that Kuria became very dear to us, (most of us were Hindi movie buffs) when we wanted him to stand in the queue and buy us the upper stall tickets. We would go on time for the show after having downed  a chilled beer at Basco's and "bada khana" at St. Joseph's. 

Thangappan would buy tickets of a lower stall for himself and Kuria and the latter would  buy us the upper stall tickets. He would never keep the change even if we insisted.
Many a times we had  offered to buy tickets for both of them so that they could enjoy the movie in the upper stalls. Kuria had firmly declined.

Once, when my insisting (perhaps, super-charged with an extra lager) was more of a command than a request, he looked straight into my shifty eyes and said. "Sir, I can see the screen the best from wherever I am sitting."

It took me some years  to recognize and learn the chaste, innate  philosophy practised by Kuria in his  life. Status stalls could be "bought" with money anybody's money.    

No matter whatever status that we are in today, we owe something, at a juncture somewhere  to the Kurias who have come into our lives and have left indelible foot prints. 

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joshua, bangloreWednesday, August 22, 2012
if any of the readers were ex residents of st.joseph college hostel in shantinagar, please comment and get in touch with me, we are celebrating 75years of the hostel, and would love to get in touch
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Krishna Rao, BangaloreWednesday, May 30, 2012
We all hostelers would have fond memories of 'Kuria'. A stern facade behind a tender heart.
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Dr.Anand and Geeta N Pereira, Sakleshpur/MangaloreMonday, May 21, 2012
Kuria was always admired by the hostel boys for his dedicated service. Rarely did he ever smile and never got to know him closely in spite of my two year stay at the St. Josephs Hostel.
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Shabnam, udupiThursday, May 17, 2012
Could anyone tell me how do we submit articles to Daijiworld?
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Richard Mendonca, Mangalore/Abu DhabiWednesday, May 16, 2012
Dear Edwin, very good sharing.I salute Kuricose for his personality. People always wait to get a chance to escalate in earthly pleasures, there will lot many sharing of this kind in the life of people. I realy welcome such writing and thanks to Edwin for sharing this to the public.
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alex, Wednesday, May 16, 2012
There is greatness in everybody, and service is the greatest of labor, Kuria proved it.
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CGS, MangaloreWednesday, May 16, 2012
Kuriacose,Tangappan, Malayalam Manorama,Chilled Beer,Beedi,Bada Khana.Hindi movies...very interesting write up by Edwin J.F.!!
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Alban D' Souza, Udyavara Mumbai Doha QatarTuesday, May 15, 2012
Good write up- Edwin noticed somethig in an individual like Kuriacose. This is a good observation of one's life. So many people come in our life come and go small and big but the good thing will be un-noticed. This is something we can think of. Dear Edwin we want more observation/experinece from you to read about like the one .
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Lance D' Costa, Mangalore/Abu dhabiTuesday, May 15, 2012
A good writeup, with a moral for all.
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George Menezes, BangaloreTuesday, May 15, 2012

I am amazed at the impressions created by Kuriacose upon people during his humble and wonderful service tenure. Nice to see individuals like Edwin observe others sincere and persuasive behavior and document it. Nice and touchy article.
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Bennet Vas, MangaloreTuesday, May 15, 2012
Good article and the moral of the story was spot on !! Today waht we see is "STATUS" bought - not "EARNED"
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