was born on 10-4-59 at Aruppukottai, Virudhunagar District. My father Mr.S.Ramanathan
who was working as a lower grade employee in Highways Department, has got retired
recently. My mother name is Rajamanickammal and I have got two sisters, One brother.
After completing fifth standard at Aruppukottai Municipal School I joined in S.B.K.
Higher Secondary School, Where I finished Eleventh Standard. Then I finished P.U.C.,
B.Com., Subsequently at Devankar, and S.B.K. College. During my academic period
I showed great interest at art works and Hockey.
During 1977-78 I joined a rice shop after completing my graduation, as I didn't
want to be idle. But my father was not interested in my doing the job. He wanted
me to become atleast a clerk in a bank as I have got B.Com degree. I believed firmly
that all the B.Com graduates are not getting Bank Job.
During that period one of my family friends from Chennai invited me to follow him
to seek a job at Chennai. I oblidged to that and came to Chennai by 1978-79. Unfortunatly
I couldn't get a job as I was promised. Then I started searching for suitable job
according to my qualification and my taste. I used to visit each and every company
I was called for an interview at Butterfly company Head Qtrs., situated at Vannarpet.
I attented the interview, neatly dressed with shoes and tie. After completing the
interview I was taken to the factory. I was introduced to a man in dirty working
cloth, He assigned me the job of cleaning the material used for making Tumbler.
I was very much disappointed with the situation. The same day evening a Benz car
came to the factory. The man assigned the job for me got into the car and went away.
Then only I realised that he was the owner of the firm. Sincerity and dedication
in the profession will only fetch victory, I belived.
After working there for a year I started a rubber company with three thousand rupees
investment with the support of a friend. We had to work for atleast 20 hours daily.
We went around all the places only by cycles. We didn't get much returns from the
business. We were able to afford only one time food, that too set-Dosai, the Cheapest
among all items. During this period I suffered from sinus and piles. As a result
of this, I returned to my native place.
After taking treatment for my diseases I had to take rest for three months. I utilised
the period for improving my art work talents. Many people suggested me to search
for a job the field of Journalism, after seeing my works. Again I came to Chennai
and started searching for relevent job.
Mr.Valampurijohn was the Editor of "THAI" Magazine run by the then Chief Minister
M.G.R. At that time about 14 people have left "THAI". The "THAI" Management was
in need of new entrants. Mr Valampurijohn a man with the character of encouraging
young people, has appointed me after seeing my works. There only I learned many
things about Layout.
After "THAI" I joined in "Thiraichuvai" started by Shyam, Robin, Balaganesan. There
I learned many things related with magazine production.
Later I worked as a Lay-out Director in Tharasu Magazine. The wrapper Lay-out created
by me attracted many readers. I have got enough experience in handling sensational
and adventures news. Further I learned the secret behind the sucess of upcoming
Due to various mis-understanding I had to leave "THARASU" For the sake of supporting
the people who were all trusting me, I also had to start a magazine of my own. Political
personality Mr.K.Subbu was in possession of 'Nakkheeran' title. I thought of approaching
him to get the title. But I was told by others that his expectations were high.
Contrary to this, Mr.Subbu generously offered the title to us. Though we got the
title we had only Rs.4000 with us to proceed further. Trusting on my sincere work,
the material suppliers have offered credit for 4-10 weeks.
Nakkheeran started its functions from No.1, Mandapam Road, Kilpauk, in a 10 x 10"
small room, situated on the banks of the Coovam river. The first issue came out
on 20th of April 88. Mr.Sivaji Ganesan, who started his own party at that time,
wrote in Nakkheeran titled as "Neenkal Athanaiperum Uthamanthana sollungal"
With the support of sincere, hardworking and dedicated team, we started publishing
sensational investigative news items. During "89 Assembly election, opinion poll
survey has been conducted by us. As the election results were announced, people
were thrilled to see Nakkheeran results are 90% correct.
In 1997, I was felicitated with Justice Krishna Iyer Award and Jaycies "One of ten
outstanding Indian award. In the beginning of this year (2005) India Today Magazine
has selected me as one among the influential popular 25 persons in TamilNadu.
With the whole-hearted support of the readers, Nakkheeran circulation went upto
1,33,000 issues within a year. Then we switched over to the present premises.
Not alone in the editorial and administration, but also in the agency network, we
have got young people only. Agents have been offereing us a very good support in
all possible ways.
With the staunch support being extended by the readers to Nakkheeran which is raising
voice against social evils, is coming out as Bi-weekly with a total circulation
of over five lakhs now.