By D.N. Prabhakar Murthy
(Prof. Dr. N. Prabhakar is one of the sons of my father’s very close friend whom he considered his elder brother. In January 2009, we met after a gap of almost 47 years. On a visit to India, he took pain to trace me out and came to see me. In a personal letter, he shared his impression of my father and the book I wrote about him.Prabhakar Bhai Saheb obtained B.E. and M.E. degrees from Jabalpur University and the Indian Institute of Science from Bangalore and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He is a Research Professor in the Division of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland, Australia).
Rev Y.D. Tiwari as a personHe was a very complex person. One of his friends used the term “weird” which I think is not appropriate. I would call him more as a “Don Quixote” – a person who created a view of world different from others with all its contradictions and peculiarities.I suspect he must have gone through some unpleasant experience or encountered a traumatic event which must have brought about a change. This is part of the growing up process which most people experience (the remaining few are the ones that can’t or don’t want to think and question). A psycho-analytical approach might have shed some light on the earlier experience or event. Your father found solace and comfort in his Christian friends. It is sad that his family treated him so badly.