Kerala legislator K S Sabarinathan’s marriage to sub collector Divya S Iyer is sure to be a celebrity event. The politician-bureaucrat nexus stands out in more ways. The young Congress leader is a destiny’s child, having been thrown into the world of politics from a cushy job in Mumbai. The Thiruvananthapuram sub collector was pursuing a master’s degree in neurosurgery in Vellore when she cracked the IAS test. Now they have found each other.
It all started not long ago, Iyer said. “I was at the Attakkulangara school in Thiruvananthapuram to watch ‘Khasakinte Ithihasam’ as part of the national theater festival. Sabari reached just before the play was to start. Just as he crossed my seat, he smiled and greeted me. He sat on the end of the row. Maybe I started liking him from that day,” she said.
“We only knew each other from the meetings in the collectorate. We talked a bit on the day of the play. Then we passed on a few friendly texts. This relation proceeded to a proposal thanks to the initiative by our family friends, former ambassador T P Sreenivasan and Biju Prabhakar IAS. They talked to my family first. When Sabari visited my parents, they liked him too. You could say that the affair started after that.
“I may have admired his beard earlier. I liked his innocence the most, which reflects in his behavior, words and deeds. Sabari said he was struck by my determination. Neither of us had time for small talk, except a few messages on WhatsApp. Sabari only has to say about the things he had done in the constituency. I was drawn to him because he works for the people and does his work honestly. Those are our common interests and naturally become part of our relation. We could not go to an ice cream parlor or a movie theater so we plan to make it up after the wedding,” Iyer said.
Politics and IAS
“We asked our friends if they had heard of any such alliance and they said no. Maybe this will be more compatible. We are of the same age, 33. Our horoscope matched too. We are very comfortable with each ther. The wedding is planned for June.
Jack of all trades
Iyer had a busy schedule while she was an assistant collector in Kottayam. She kept alive her interests in dance and music even as she cut her teeth in administration. She was in Kottayam as part of her training but she went the extra mile and visited colonies to understand people’s problems. Iyer was in charge of many official welfare programs.
Iyer passed the IAS exam while she was pursuing a master’s degree in neurosurgery after completing MBBS in the Vellore CMC. She qualified for the revenue service with 138th rank in the first attempt. She entered the IAS with 48th rank in the next attempt. Even in her stint as the Thiruvananthapuram sub collector, Iyer manages to pursue her interests in arts and music. She has even acted in a movie.
Sabarinathan studied engineering from the College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram and management from the Management Development Institute in Haryana before he joined as a manager with the Tata Sons in Mumbai.
He had to quit his job to claim the political legacy of his father G Karthikeyan back home. Sabari retained the Aruvikkara assembly seat for the Congress in a byelection.