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 1950s Kandu mama and kamakshi mami

My beautiful mother, Kamakshi Ayyar (Kamu), and my dashing father M.N. Ayyar (Kandu), taken at the time of their wedding. 

1907 Appancheyal with Daddy (NM Ayyar) 001

My grandfather, Shri N.M. Ayyar (Mahadevan) and his grandfather, Appanshayal taken in 1907. Note Mahadevan’s hairstyle and the strength in Appanshayal’s face!
1919 Mummy and Daddy wedding

Dharmu and Mahadevan at the time of their wedding (May 14, 1919)




1930s Gowri ,MN Ayyar and Ponnu 

Gowri, Kandu and Ponnu, my aunts and father. You know my aunts as Vani and Rukku. Most of the details of their lives in the book are from my own imagination.