'P.T. Usha, India'…
This was the address on a letter from the Middle East Country. The letter was delivered by the Postal Department with no delay whatsoever. This is the status and popularity of Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha (P.T.Usha), who was born as the second daughter of Paithal and Lakshmi Amma on 27 June, 1964 in the village of Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala State, India.
It was November 1973 when dedicated physical education teacher called Balakrishnan discovered Usha while conversing with a parent. His eyes, ever watchful, kept drifting to a group of small girls playing blind man's bluff just across the field. Was there a pair of feet that were moving extraordinarily fast? Was that tiny, dark girl in her blue skirt and white blouse moving like an instinctive athlete? Patient as ever, Balakrishnan waited for the game to be over. Calling the litter girl, he gently enquired of her, "What's your name, Cchild?" The shy little girl hardly raised her eyes from the ground. "Usha," she whispered and added, "from Class IV."
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