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October 13, 2009


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Brilliant Appa. An excellent read, you really brought Sastry's journey to life.
Now I need to find out exactly who Padmanabhan and Ananthanarayan's descendants were and are (I have inherited my confusion about these matters from you!)I assume Mahadevan is Col. Mahadevan whose name I have heard so many times, but rarely in any context.


Amazing chronicle! It is too bad there are very few accounts of Indians of that generation as all we seem to get is reams of stuff on the Brits! I know you are an anglophile but such luminaries need more light shone on them!


wow what an inspirational story! what motivated you to write this? really enjoyed reading it, can imagine how hard it must have been riding for such long distances on bullock carts...and wonderful that he had a very modern view of women. great job thath.

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How ironic - my mother's side moved from Mysore state to Kovai, and your mother's side moved from Palakkad to Mysore!!

Nice reading, appa!

And Kamini, Ananthanarayan's descendants live at darpana,.... and waterside and bay breeze!

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Wow, what a read that was, Mr R! Oddly enough, my great-great-grandfather (grandmother's grandad) on my dad's side was also a luminary at the Mysore Maharaja's Court. He was apparently a very renowned Sanskrit scholar and astrologer.


That was a great read Athan!! Oh and Chellama disputes the claim that Venkatasubba Sastry lived in Noorani. She has been told by Ramani Chittappa that the family had moved two generations before to a place called Dharapuram. Not that it takes anything away from the story, just something more for you to research!!

Ness Pesikaka

Great story; even if there inevitably there are some embellishments by the great grand son!

My father too was a man who was a visionary who as the first born of 21 in abject poverty in a village, rose to a very senior position by dint of sheer hard work and rectitude.

Raja Ramakrishnan

Thanks Ness.Wriiten for my grandchildren.There interest in the past is luke warm but they read it and enjoyed it.


sir raja,

you are right that we are not a record driven society like the western cultures. thanks to village church records, it is possible to reconstruct lives of many a common person from the medieval period onwards in many english villages and towns. i am quite sure it is the same rest of europe.

without putting any slant to it, if it were not for the british many of our ancient treasures might have gone to the dogs.

as such it is unfortunate that none of the pre islamic architecture of the north has survived. atleast we are luckier in the south.

my own antecedents of hundred years or so ago is from palghat, though we moved on to north malabar after that.

a very enjoyable read.

thank you.

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