I was born as the first child to my parents, Shri Anantha Narayanan (formally
known as T. K. Narayanan) and Smt.
N. K . Subbalakshmi, in our ancestral home located in the Old Village
of Nemmara, Palakkad
District of Kerala State in India. I was, however, brought up in
Ernakulam where I completed my education.
At the age of four, I joined a Kindergarten School
located on Diwan's Road, Ernakulam where I spent one year before getting
admitted to Standard I at Sree Rama Varma Lower Primary School,
Ernakulam. It was at this Kindergarten School that I got my first
recognition - a Gift Box as a prize - for being a 'good student', whatever the
criteria were! I still remember that the name of the Head Mistress at the
Kindergarten was Mrs. Indira.
It was in the same School campus that I spent the next
ten years - Sree Rama Varma School - starting with Lower Primary upto Standard
IV, then Upper Primary from Standard V to VII and High School from Standard
VIII to X. I also joined the National Cadet Corps (NCC) at the High
School. It was a Naval wing where I successfully completed two NCC
examinations thereby qualifying to become a Petty Officer Cadet.
After leaving the School, passing the SSLC examination
with a First Class, I joined a Private College at Ernakulam for Pre-Degree
(Commerce Group) called Milton's College at Jews Street. The examinations
were, however, conducted by the University of Kerala. Having completed
Pre-Degree with a Second Class, I continued at the same College pursuing my
graduation in Commerce. In 1980, I completed my B.Com. Degree Examination
with a First Class.
Then started my pursuit of education at the Government
Law College (Evening), Ernakulam for a 3-year LL.B. Degree Course. During
the day, I worked for my father assisting his business ventures, as an
independent Sales Tax Practitioner and later, for Gujarat Co-operative Milk
Marketing Federation Limited (AMUL). Though I completed the three-year
course at the Law College and even cleared my Moot Court and practical
sessions, I did not complete all the examinations and dropped out of the
College to join my parents who had, by then, moved to Coimbatore, Tamilnadu.
Our family, then comprising me, my parents and my
younger brothers Nareskkrishna and (late)
Subramanian and my younger and only sister Sangeetha,
migrated from the State of Kerala
to Tamilnadu, in the year
In early 1989, I got married to G. Sumithra,
born as the last child to her parents, Shri G. Gopalakrishnan and Smt. Namagiri
Lakshmi. Our son, Sudharshan was
born at Chennai, and has since completed his
CBSE XII is currently pursuing his education in law, at
My father retired from his entrepreneurship as a small-scale
businessman in early 2003, having had his proprietary concern based at
Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. My mother has ever been a housewife.
Both my parents reside in their house located in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.