RIP Balabhaskar

Noted singer-violinist Balabhaskar who was seriously injured in a car accident last week in Kerala died at a hospital early in Thiruvananthapuram this morning. His two-year-old daughter was killed when the family’s car hit a tree after the driver lost control. He died at around 1 am after a cardiac arrest, hospital sources said. Balabhaskar’s wife Lakshmi and the driverĀ are recovering in hospital. Balabhaskar, 40,Ā and family were returning from a visit to a templeĀ in Thrissur afterĀ thanksgiving prayers for their daughter; little Tejaswini Bala was born after 15 years of marriage, according to sources close to the family.

The car rammed a tree on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram around 4.30 am, the police said. The couple’s daughter was declared dead in hospital. The driver is believed to have dozed off and lost control of the vehicle. Balabhaskar was on ventilator support after being seriously injured and had undergone a surgery. His body was taken toĀ Thiruvananthapuram’sĀ University College, his alma mater, where people from all walks of life queued up to pay their last respects.Ā Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan andĀ Finance Minister Thomas Issac were among those who reached the college.

The last rites would be held on Wednesday inĀ Thiruvananthapuram. The musician shot to fameĀ when, as a 17-year-old, he composed music for a Malayalam film and has scored music for several films. A rising musician, he was was known for his stage performances and concerts in and outside Kerala. HisĀ fusion music was popular among his fans. Balabhaskar and Lakshmi were students of the same college.

Humid Day Out

What a day! Today has been hot, though not too sunny, and humid as we had clouds hovering over and it looked like it might rain a bit. Well only drizzling is what we got later on in the evening.

Anyways, I got showered and shaved in time to leave home at 12 but there was a huge protest going on the main road. Political party workers and hired goons were blocking the main road and making it difficult for people to pass by in their cars, bikes and buses. The cops came in droves and chased away the protestors from this area. Hold your protest in front of the High Court, the government buildings or the collectorate office or wherever the fuck but not on the road.

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They used water hoses and threatened to douse the protestors who then slinked away to lick their “wounds” but there still were bog buses of cops around. I went to have some lasagna and cold coffee in Kawaha and then went to shop for shirts (look at the pic above) at Men’s Studio. By then I was tired and then went to my bank in Ravipuram. After that it was almost 4 pm and I went to Center Mall to buy some groceries and toiletries and when that was done it was 4:45 pm and I was hungry again.

So I had a burger at Burger King and then came on home. At 7 pm I had a coffee and I will have a light dinner after 9pm. So tired.