Not the one to give up, my sister tracked down another Varma practitioner. He incidentally was a student of the Master, but now had a separate practice. Maybe they had a bad fall out. He sounded nice and promised to come visit our father the next day. Neither did he show up at the promised hour nor did he answer my sister's incessant calls. He later called from a new number and gave adolescent excuses of losing SIM, was busy, "oh I thought you will call", "didn't have your number". Yes, he managed to say all of this. He once again promised to come the next day. We never heard from him again. We finally learnt to let go.
All the oil application, anticipation of Varma with bated breath, long drawn stay in Eranakulam didn't really culminate into any treatment. Who says we have given up? Maybe we will find some new Master to hound close home in Chennai.