Boyhood friend waits for CM to come home
Now, decades later, K Thennan, who turned 89 on Monday, is waiting for Tiruvarur’s most famous son to come return to his roots, score a spectacular victory and become chief minister again.
It was 76 years ago when Thennan met a boy a year younger to him. Muthuvel Karunanidhi, then 12, had just moved from neighbouring Thirukuvalai. Soon they became close enough for Karunanidhi to stay at Thennan’s home and share meals.
“Around that time Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram was formed and we worked together. He was special but always underplayed it when we told him he was destined for bigger roles,” says Thennan, the present municipal chairman of Tiruvarur.
When the handwritten Manavar Nesan became Murasoli, the writer went by the name Cheran, a pseudonym that Karunanidhi used, while Thennan was the secretary. “There was no periodicity during those times. It was published whenever we could arrange the money. Those were days of struggle, but also days of excitement.”
Sundarambal, Thennan’s wife, still remembers the day she saw Karunanidhi first in 1953, when she was 15. “He accompanied my husband, came to see me first and then oversaw our wedding. Then they were both branded good-for-nothing by
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