Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Where Is Soni M Bhattathiripad?



Soni M Bhattathiripad... How should I write about him; as a journalist or a family member!!! Well, thanks to Amrita TV and its program Kathayallithu Jeevitham for reminding everyone that such a person is still missing.
Born in a Brahmin family little Soni was always interested in writing stories and articles. Seeing this, his parents Padmanabhan Bhattathiripad and Suvarnini Antharjanam decided to let their son to choose a career according to his wish. He began his career as journalist in Malayala Manorama newspaper. As the bureau chief of Kazargod, he was one of the first to bring out the sufferings of Endosulfan victims. When Manorama launched a news channel, Soni joined as news reader in that, bringing all the latest updates from around the world. He was a well known figure among the television viewers of Kerala. Later, he joined Indiavision. There also, his popularity remained the same.
As the reporter of Indiavision, he was assigned to report Goa Film Festival in 2008. On his way back from Goa, Soni M Bhattathiripad went missing. He was travelling by train along with his father-in-law and disappeared in Kazargod. According to Soni's father-in-law, he said he wanted to go to toilet and went away. The old man searched the entire train and could not find him. From 8th December 2008, he is missing and it still continues as a mystery.
Soni had the habit of taking a break without letting others know. So his family thought he will come back after a few days. But he did not... His wife Dr. Seema filed a complaint in police station. The police did not act properly though they haven't closed the file. Soni's wife, his two children, parents and brother Rao are trying their best to find him. His mother waits every night with a plate of dinner for her son. His children believe their dad had gone for a reporting in Russia.
Media is a field where personal bondings are very low. When one person leaves the scene, there is always another to replace as the show must always go on without breaks. The channels have almost forgotten this journalist as it has hundred Sonis to replace him. The loss is only for his family and his dear ones.
For me, he belongs to my mother's family. In our country, he can be called as my mom's brother; and according to West, he is her cousin. As the family is so big with so many branches, I've not met many of the family members. Soni Bhattathiripad is also such a name though I know his parents. The only familiarity for me is that he resembles my mom's younger brother. Also when the program was over, I could see tears rolling down from my mom’s eyes. So, like other family members, I too pray for his come back.

98 comments:

  1. surely praying for him, he will come back because the show must go on.......

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  2. I too one among whom loves him for his caliber.So not for the show and all but for him ,hope he'll be back soon...

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  3. i tooo pray 4 him come back....
    thanks kathayallith jeevitham program...

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  4. Let's all pray to almighty God, and search at the same time. I am sure we will find him back, soon.

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  5. I am also praying for Sony as I was a great fan of him in the Malayalam news channels.

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  6. Yeah...Hope he'll be back soon

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  7. Taken aback seeing the cruel silence of the media.Where are all those channels and newspapers.
    .If this is the fate of a well known media person what all cannot be happening to us.

    What happened to Sony.Still many of us remember him even though media has forgotten him.

    We pray for him . Believe that one day Soni will come back from Russia.

    Ajaykumar

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  8. Thanks for your prayers...
    As a media student I know the relations in this field will never be deep...
    Even if one person disappears,the show will go on and on!!!

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  9. Thanks to your post, I came to know about this incident. It is only the brave who can change the world. No matter how indifferent the system is, with time and the efforts of people who are dedicating themselves to create a positive future, there will be a better world for our children.

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  10. You are absolutely right Subhorup Dasgupta

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  11. Roopa

    thanks for the reminder. But as u said the media has replaced the memories of Sony.Months back some one told that he is some whr in Karnataka,but now no more news.Anyway we r waiting for his return

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  12. I am also waiting for his return, my uncle whom I had never met...

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  13. Why anonymous?You'd have mentioned your name atleast...And how do you know he is safe?

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  14. Hope he'll be back soon...safe and sound...

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  15. Yes...We can only hope and pray!!!

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  16. now a days the media are running behind kolaveri and santhosh pandit.. so who they cares to bother? at least we can come forward and find what has happened to him!!!

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  17. i hope he s found soon....

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    1. On what mission........?

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  19. @srilakshmy:you are absolutely right.
    @sham:Hope so.
    @Thesil: How do you know?

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  20. hi village girl
    i think u should track the ips of those ppl leaving comments that imply as if they know wher he is... just my thought when i saw the anonymous comment

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  21. I know it may help! But tell me how can I track the IP address?

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  22. He himself went missing because of his illness.I have heard about Bipolar Disease.He has it.It is a severe mental illness which can not be treated!I surely hope he is safe somewhere on earth.He might be shy to come back as the whole world knows he is mentally ill.I pray Allah to heal him.Please come back brother.., everything will be alright!!!

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  23. Me too had tried last year through my blog. But no response....
    Let's hope the some happy news will come around this time...

    http://jayandamodaran.blogspot.com/2010/02/blog-post.html

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  24. just our prayers will not make him come back...we should try to put our words in to action...please don't wait for our authorities make miracles...they couldn't do anything yet...we should join together and can make the mission success...please come forward....

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  25. @your brother: Thanks for your prayers
    @Jayan Evoor: I read your post.It is really touching!
    @sami yusuf: Thanks for your support!

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  26. hi did u check ur msg in facebook?
    thanks.
    sham

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  27. Sorry...I didnot get any msgs in Facebook with the name Sham

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  28. i too watch the full episode of Amrtia tv program...actually his family members pride made such a huge chaos and still he is in dark. IF they acted within a week with our police, especially Cyber cell, who are the best ever any other Indian states, could hve been make a result... still he is a painful memory to every one who loved him as a pure journalist... now we all can pray for his coming back....

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  29. I do not think blaming his family for this is right.He has the habit of leaving home for many days.So they thought he will come back.

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  30. he will come back .everything will be ok.

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  31. I wonder why so many post as anonymous!

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  32. he will come.he is safe

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  33. pray to god.........hope he will come back

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  34. Prayers without efforts can never any results too!

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  35. he is a coward he ran away as he can't face the life.No worth comeback!He will do it again and again.Better forget him.I am sorry to say this!!!

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  36. I dont know what to reply for your comment.He might have reasons to go.It is that reason to be found out!

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  37. I too pray for him... i like to suggest an idea, my idea is "create a fake news about his family and spread it through media's....U got what i mean by fake news.. the fake news must be hard enough to get his attention...for an example..create a news that his father is missing,his mother is suffering critical disease or his son/daughter is missing ..U can do it by planning with police and medias.If he really loves his family then you can expect at least a phone call from him..
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  38. @vishnu: You said your opinion.Everyone has the right to do so.

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  39. two days back i have seen the episode on his life..
    it remembered me of the K.P.Ramanunni's Jeevithathinte Pusthakam ..
    also.. was there any comments on any psychological problem for which he received some treatment !!!!.. somehow i am thinking of the possibility of 'fugue'(comes under dissociative disorders.. in which people temporarily lose their sense of personal identity and impulsively wander or travel/live away from their homes or places of work).. but I am not sure

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    1. May be it is so.But now the whole Kerala is waiting for him to be back.

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    2. was there a previous similar previous episode in his life..?\

      when i discussed with my friends they are ruling out the possibility.. and saying it s a wild guess..

      anyway hope for the best

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    3. Yes.Lets hope for the best

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  40. I too join the friends,fans and relatives of Soni in the prayers for his early return. He is certainly one among the handful of malayalam visual-media talents. I remember his very natural and novel style of presentation on Manorama News and liked his programmes very much. I hope he will bounce back very soon as a pleasant surprise for all of us.

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  41. please come back mr. sony. your family misses you so much. pleease come back. you've been gone too long. please let your family know if you're safe. prayers from uae.

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  42. The prayers of his family members won't go in vain...

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  43. @biju...waiting for that pleasant surprise.
    @kate...Thanks for the comment.
    @anoop G...Let us wish so.

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  44. @roopz i can understand his feelings a little bit as i suffer from depression. i dont know how relevant this is concerning him. i can relate to his need for isolation, but there are other ways of being away wihtout hurting family especially. my heart goes out to him and his family. i really hope and pray he finds his way back to where everyone awaits to welcome him with open arms.

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  45. Thanks a lot for your prayers Kate

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  46. I guess he is very spiritual and must be bored of this materialistic world. He will for sure come back. Must be on some kinda pilgrimage or could be in some ashram. But leaving his wife and children is not a good stand. Lets hope for the best.

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  47. You said it Anup...He can choose his way.He can take break.Yet,he should think about his family.

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  48. Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very quick. Mood-stabilizing medication can help control the symptoms of bipolar disorder. However, patients often need help and support to take medicine properly and to make sure that mania and depression are treated as early as possible.

    Some people stop taking the medication as soon as they feel better or because the mania feels good. Stopping medication can cause serious problems.

    Suicide is a very real risk during both mania and depression. People with bipolar disorder or think or talk about suicide need immediate emergency attention.Stopping medication or taking it the wrong way can cause your symptoms to come back, and lead to the following complications:

    Alcohol and/or drug abuse

    Problems with relationships, work, and finances

    Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

    This illness is hard to treat. Patients, their friends, and family must know the risks of not treating bipolar disorder.

    Sony has been a long time patient of bipolar disorder, and there has been a notable complacency on the part of the family in managing his condition, especially so with his wife being a physician. The condition is beyond the control of the patient and it should have been the responsibility of the family to give proper care and attention.

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  49. As I am not close to their family, I am not aware whether they were caring or not...! Anyway thanks for the comment!!!

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  50. hi, he will come. Lets pray for that

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  51. Thanks for your prayer Mr/Ms Anonymous

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  52. We too waiting to hear that he is back...

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    1. I still wonder why do I get so many anonymous comments. If you really care for that person, why don't you people comment without revealing your identity?

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  53. Its May 23rd 2012, Any word about Soni? The reason I went by anonymous is because it is the easier choice than opening an account.

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    1. Yeah true... It has been one year since I posted this. And the saddest part is there is no news about him till today. In between you could have given at least your name at the end of your comment!

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  54. where ever he is, hope he sees the tears in parents , wife's and children's eyes. God will never let them down. Hope Soni comes back soon...
    -with prayers
    Kichu

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  55. @roopz I hope wherever he is, that he's alright.

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  56. I am sincerely hoping and praying that he is safe somewhere.. Who knows maybe one of these anonymous posts were made by him. One can hope for the best..

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    1. Hope so! Thats the only thing we could do. Thanks for ur support Athul

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  57. കൂട്ടത്തിലൊരാളെ കാണാതായിട്ടു 4 വര്‍ഷം കഴിഞ്ഞു. എന്നിട്ടും അയാളെ പറ്റി അന്വേഷിക്കാനോ അതിനുള്ള എന്തെങ്കിലും ശ്രമങ്ങള്‍ നടത്താനോ ഇവിടുത്തെ മാധ്യമ ലോകത്തിനു സമയമില്ല. പബ്ലിസിറ്റിക്കും ചാനല്‍ റേറ്റിങ്ങിനും വേണ്ടി ആരാന്‍റെ അടുക്കള രഹസ്യങ്ങളും തലയ്ക്കു വെളിവില്ലാത്തവന്മാരുടെ ഇന്റര്‍വ്യൂകളും പടച്ചു വിടാന്‍ കാണിക്കുന്ന ശുഷ്ക്കാന്തിയുടെ നാലിലൊന്ന് ഈ സഹപ്രവര്‍ത്തകന്റെ കാര്യത്തില്‍ കാണിച്ചിരുന്നെങ്കില്‍ ഒരു അമ്മക്ക് അവരുടെ മകനെയും ഒരു ഭാര്യക്ക് അവരുടെ ഭര്‍ത്താവിനെയും രണ്ടു കുട്ടികള്‍ക്ക് അവരുടെ അച്ഛനെയും മാധ്യമ ലോകത്തിനു ഒരു നല്ല മാധ്യമപ്രവര്‍ത്തകനെയും തിരിച്ചു ലഭിചിട്ടുണ്ടാകുമായിരുന്നു. ഇനിയെങ്കിലും നാഴികക്ക് നാല്‍പതു വട്ടം കൊട്ടിഘോഷിക്കുന്ന മാധ്യമ ധര്‍മം ഒന്ന് കാണിച്ചുകൂടെ, ഈ ഒരു സഹപ്രവര്‍ത്തകന്റെ കാര്യത്തിലെങ്കിലും.

    ഇദ്ദേഹം എത്രയും വേഗം തിരിച്ചു വരും എന്ന് വിശ്വസിക്കുന്നു. അതിനു വേണ്ടി ആത്മാര്‍ഥമായി പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥിക്കുന്നു.

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  58. I heard about Sony only recently by watching katha allithu jeevitham on YT. I suspect some bad accident has occurred to him. Otherwise, he doesn't have to be intentionally away from family and friends for so long. Especially in our age of channel television and internet. I fear that he may have gone to take a break from all especially driven by his disorder, but then some subsequent accident occurred. Otherwise he might have been able to get in touch at least after a while. It is this unusual combination of breaking away and bad accident that concerns me. I cannot imagine he would do this consciously. Pursuing a path of sannyas sounds alluring, but for a modern person who committed once to a family life and career path-that is almost impossible, my humble opinion. (my name: Biju)

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  59. I dont think sony is the one coming and posting here as Anon. That sounds like a cat and mouse game which he is not likely to play. Why hurt your loving family by leaving and then torment them again thru such games? If he is a person who enjoys that kind of suspense, he would enjoy living again with his family and kin and enjoy suspenses of the modern world.

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  60. I think we should file a petition in high court to move the case to CBI..He might have medical issues , but I don't think its wise to rule out other possibilities.We don't have good police force in kerala, I am sorry we have very few , may be 5%.

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  61. I know sony for many years, we were class mates in a PG diploma course.He also worked in an automobile firm for a short term where I worked. Later,I met him few occassions when he was in manorama news.
    I remember that I met him for the last time at Lakeshore hospital, Kochi (perhaps few days before his departure to Goa)

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  62. he s a person wth bipolar disorder.

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  63. I heard abt Sony a few days ago..thru madhrubhumi online....I was shocked that much to understand that still he is missing....in this modern world y couldn' we find him????? I watched amrita tv progr. and Vadakumnathan film....he is almost adhere to that film......and doing everything from that story.. I doubted that he may be somewhere nearbyHimalaya/Ganga/Haridwar. Otherwise in SriSri Ravisankar's ashram......

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  64. Please if any one from the above pilgrim places please share this with your friends / if you have connections in Sri sri Ravishangar's ashram pls check everywhere.......World please help the family to find him.........Dr. Seema.....never giveup god is with you...........he is somewhere in India. Hope for the best think positively....never let the -ves hurt you........sasneham Rani-Sharjah--Roopa your work is really appreciating-We may think for the best

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  65. Please at least take care in giving comments, all his family members are waiting for him eagerly , let us be humane

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  66. Hope he will come back soon. Praying for him n his family.

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  67. If any how if soni is reading about the blog,this is for you soni.

    As an NRI, i am leaving seperate from my wife,children and used to visit twice in a year.Just like me, there are lot of peoples leaving abroad sacrifice there life for family.I cannot imagine ruining the life of my family because of me or they suffer due to me.We all aware that you have bi-polar disease, but this is not end of life, you have to be happy that you got a good family praying for your well being.So please return back as soon as possible and be positive and happy.As a human and as father and son, you should not forget your duty to take care your family.I pray lord ayyappa for his early return to his home.

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  68. Hi, am soumya, am also joining with you, and your prayers.we can pray for his early return.

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  69. Any news about Mr. Soni ?

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  70. Any news.. I'm eager to know.. Pls God help his family n him.. Hope he is safe

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  71. അയാൾ വരും .
    പക്ഷെ വീണ്ടും പറഞ്ഞയക്കരുതേ.....!!!!!

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  72. അവനെ പറഞു വിട്ടവർ തന്നെ നാടകം കളിക്കുന്നു ..
    ആ.. തിരോധാനം പോലും ആഘോഷിച്ചവർ ചാനലുകളിലൂടെ ഒഴുക്കിയ ദുർഗന്ധം വമിച്ച കഴുതക്കന്നീരിനു അടിഗ ഗൃഹങ്ങളിലെ അഴുക്കുകൾ ഒഴുക്കിവിടുന്ന സൗപർനികയിലെ മലിനജലത്തിന്റെ വിലപോലുമില്ല...

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  73. can i talk to you....?
    if yes, post it here...

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    1. Yeah sure. But I need to know your identity. Please mail it first to roopzjourno@gmail.com . Your details will be kept confidential. Trust me.

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    2. How did you ended up in a conclusion that he is in Russia........? i am very curious about this that the Russian connection with these missing (?.....abduction).

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  74. Please sir come back to home...they r still waiting 4 u

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  75. Thinks that never happen sameway twice in our life

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