Recently there was an article in Malayala Manorama that an Aussie achayanu Justice of the peace padavi labhichu.
My Malayalam sucks, I am going to assume that padavi in Malayalam means Honorary title.
So this must be a big sambhavam.. And require an announcement in the newspaper ( with such details as the recipient was a bharavahi of various Mallu associations etc) along with a photo of the said Achayan attending some conference..
So, what is the Justice of the Peace? The name sounds all posh and pompous eh? Can you picture the fanfare, elephants, trumpets etc and the Queen awarding the our Mallu knight the Honorary title?
Well not so.
Although our recipient must have imagined that he received the Order of Australia award, in reality our Mallu knight in shining armour is now in charge of attesting the Photostats after checking the original and placing the chop and his initials on the document. It is a free service.
How do you become a Justice of the Peace? Attend a course, send your details to the local member of the parliament, who then will nominate you and you become one. There are hundreds of them and the service of JP ( as they are known here) is available free of cost in most libraries/malls. There is also a website where you can find a JP near your home in the event you need to find a JP after hours. The service is free.
Since our achayan has gone to all these trouble to get his padavi announced in the newspaper, let us Congratulate him..
Big sambhavam..indeed it is.