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N.N.Sathyavrathan: Teacher of journalism passed away.
N.N Sathyavrathan was the former course director of Kerala Press Academy, and veteran journalist. He was also the news editor of Mathrubhumi Daily, one of the leading newspapers in Kerala.
Yesterday, on 25 January 2010, N.N Sathyavrathan, former course director of Kerala Press Academy, and veteran journalist, passed away. He was also the news editor of Mathrubhumi Daily, one of the leading newspapers in Kerala.
 
He had also worked with other newspapers like Kerala Kaumudhi and Deenabandhu. He was 77. Sathyavrathan is survived by his wife Rohini and children Asha, Deepa and Rupa. He was course director in Kerala Press Academy for 15 years. His life was dedicated to nurturing journalists.
 
Kerala Press Academy was the premiere institution in the state for journalists. I was a student of the 2004 to 2005 batch after my graduation in Chemistry. I don't have any colorful memories there. I was a below average student but I got so many dreams from there. Sathyavrathan sir always scolded me. His assignments made me unhappy. I always found reasons to avoid his eyes. He had pet students there, but I was not one among them. Sathyavrathan sir always hated back backbenchers. Once he threw my assignment on my face. But he was a good journalist and a good teacher. He taught all the prominent journalists in the state. I have a job now because of him.

I quote him 'self excellence is the only way to success' -motivating one, isn't it? I wrote it in a diary and sometimes I remember it. When our course was complete, I went there to meet him with my friend. I was always a late student during the course. He mentioned it and told me that I was hard working and had improved a lot. Those words gave me inspiration and the words still echoes in my ears.


The journalist fraternity in the state mourns his death, I join them. I pray his soul rests in peace.


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