Monday, November 14, 2016

A gentleman par excellence Ambi Iyer is no more


A gentleman par excellence who was affectionately called by one and all as Ambi Iyer of Messrs. V. Sreenivas & Co. in the leather business circle of Periamet and elsewhere is alas no more. 

When I received this sad message today (14.11.2016), his qualities of head and heart came to my mind. He was a very noble soul. He was a friend and well-wisher of all. He followed a high standard of morality in business. He served the All India Skin & Hide Tanners and Merchants Association (AISHTMA) in many capacities for many years. He was also connected with many other associations and institutes. He was a good friend of many tanners and exporters of that time.

Some years ago when I heard that Shri Ambi Iyer was bidding goodbye to everything he possessed and everyone he was so closely associated with and loved in the family to surrender himself at the feet of God it was a big surprise to people like me who knew him well as it is not an easy task, it is also not a Himalayan task, but it is an impossible task for a rich person of his calibre and category. But he did it for the reason best known to him. Perhaps a stage came in his life when he saw nothing attracting him except the divine beauty. It is a rare phenomenon. The world is very mysterious. Concepts, outlooks, principles, ideologies – everything differs from time to time and person to person whatever may be his or her faith.

It is learnt that in the Mutts he was associated with he was educating and helping people in many ways. He led a life in close contact with the Creator and His creations and attained eternity. 

May his soul rest in peace.

                                                                            V.M. Khaleelur Rahman

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