My Father, TKN


"The life of the man who daily cares for those who come to him will never suffer poverty's painful ruin." - Thiru Kural (v.83)


K. Ananthanarayanan (alias T. K. Narayanan or TKN)

Born on 27th January 1934 at Cherpu, Thrissur district in Kerala, India as the second child of (late) Shri N. Krishna Iyer and (late) Smt. T.S.Meenakshi Ammal, my father has two sisters and a brother.  Due to demise of my Grand Father at an early age, my Grand Mother had a tough time in bringing up the young children, but thanks to the kindness extended by her brother Shri T.S.Venkatachalam, the family was able to manage their livelihood.

Under circumstances of inexplicable miseries and poverty, my father had to drop out of his school at the age of thirteen seeking employment to support the family. With a strong will and determination, he struggled to come up in life during which process, he travelled to remote locations including Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, Bilimora in Gujarat and Nelliyampathi in Kerala.  His hardwork did pay him dividends.  He could successfully establish himself as a small scale business enterpreneur with virtually nothing except his skills and tactics as investment.  While settled in a small village called Nemmara in the vicinity of Nelliampathi hills where he was working at that time, he got married to my mother, Smt. N. K. Subbalakshmi, at the age of 24.

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