P. R. Krishnamoorthy had his
schooling at the Government Boys'
High School, Wadakanchery (Thrissur
Dist.) Kerala. He went to Kolkata and
took up a job in the Indian Chamber of
Commerce and subsequently in
the Sahu Jain Organisation. He
simultaneously did his B.Com. and
M.Com. studies. He was then appointed
as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Group. Then
followed his assignments as Deputy Secretary, Secretary and
Secretary and Vice-President (Delhi) of the group
Krishnamoorthy joined the Times of India Group towards
the end of 1977 as Deputy General Manager and Secretary.
He was promoted as Executive Director and Secretary and a
Member of the Board of Directors of the Times of India
Group. He also took up positions as President, Bombay
Management Association, Member, Executive Council of
the All India Management Association, President, Indian
Newspaper Society, Director, Press Trust of India, Member,
Executive Council of the Audit Bureau of Circulations,
Managing Director, Times Guaranty and Financials Ltd.,
Director, Times Bank Ltd. & Andhra Cements Ltd., and
Trustee, Shri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha
Sabha. He retired from the Times Group in 1999.
Krishnamoorthy got himself exposed to many situations
in the corporate management and legal world which some of
his friends thought he should share with the public and hence
From the small town of Wadakanchery to the bustling
city of Mumbai via Calcutta and Delhi, is a long journey
traversed by the author. This autobiography traces out the
life of a young boy born in a lower middle class family in
a small village in Kerala and his success in fulfilling his
ambitions, heart within and God above coupled with
unrelenting hard work. The book has vignettes of the
personalities of captains of industry, public figures and
jockeying for power.
The book is written in simple style and appeals directly
to the heart. I congratulate Mr. P. R. Krishnamoorthy for
having brought out his autobiography, which should serve
as a guide to youngsters on how success in life can only
be achieved by sheer dint of hard work and grace of God.
After my retirement as Executive Director and
Advisor of the Times of India Group, some friends
of mine suggested that I should write my
autobiography. I did not do so, because I could not
think my life story would be of interest to the
reading public. Last June, again, Shri Sivakumar 3
who was recruited by me as an Accounts Officer at
the Times Group (now President - Revenues)
suggested to me that I should write an
autobiography as he felt that my life story could be
of interest to aspiring professionals in the areas of :
management and legal matters. I then started :
writing my story in the Facebook. My relatives and :
friends on Facebook appreciated my effort and
suggsted that I should publish it as my :
I talked to Shri Homi N. Dastur, Executive
Secretary of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan whether
Bhavan could edit the copy and undertake printing ?
and publishing. He agreed and put me in touch with 3
P.V. Sankarankutty, the Head of Publications
Division. He got the manuscript edited and sent me
several proofs. I also sent the last but one proof to
Shri S. Balakrishnan, former Metro Editor of the
Times of India, who suggested some corrections
which were carried out.
I sent the proof copy to Justice Shri B. N.
Srikrishna, former Judge of the Supreme Court of
India, to write a Foreword to the book. He was good
enough to do so.
I am grateful to all of the above and other friends
who encouraged me to write this book.
I shall feel gratified if some of my readers at
least benefit from my life story.
Wadakanchery, in Thrissur district of Kerala,
is the place of my birth. Even after nearly 67 years
of my being away from there, I cannot but recall
memories of my early years in this town. There is
nothing great to talk about them but the memories
often come alive. The school, the football ground,
the palace ground, the Siva temple, Uthralikav
Bhagavathi, Mariamman temple, the temple tank,
the shops and what not — they crowd my mind.
Above all, the teachers who taught me —
Sankara Menon in the first class, Rama Menon in
the second class, Krishna Aiyer in the third,
Ammanchi master and Seethamma teacher in the
fifth, Gopala Menon in the sixth, Venketeswaraiyer
in the seventh, Sivarama Iyer and K. 8. Subramania
Iyer in the eighth, Sankaranarayana Aiyer in the
9th and 10%, Swaminatha Iyer, Akhileswara lyer,
Gopala Menon, the physical instructor — it is a
They laid the foundation of what I have been in
my life. Can I forget them? And of course, Sekhara
Varier who taught me the A, B, C, D of Sanskrit
which has stood me very well in my life. Oh,
Wadakanchery, thanks to you for your wonderful
gift of life to me!
How can I forget Konda Vadhyar, T. P.
Damodaran Nair, T. V. Narayana Iyer, A. R.
Gopalakrishna Iyer, Puthucode Narayana Iyer,
Kadangode Viswanatha Iyer, Saragapani Sarma,
Ammami of Mnaloor Kittan’s house, Mohammed
etc. and above all my parents, Puthucode Rama
Iyer and Gouri Ammal who nurtured me with love
and care and my sisters and brothers, who
contributed to what I am and gave me the
opportunity to be a selfless person, if I may say
so... again thanks to all for my wonderful life. And
again, last but not the least, my wife Meenakshi,
my daughter Gouri and my son-in-law Amol Iyer
who gave me a purpose for my life and whom I
value as diamonds — they have never given me an
occasion for worry and have always stood by me in
I feel I have lived a full and satisfactory life as
a Brahmin, as a son, as a brother, as a husband and
as a father. I have always steered the middle path.
I am follower of the familiy traditions, always taking
care not to create volatility in the family. To my
friends I have always been a helping hand, earning
their appreciation and regards, to my colleagues I
have always given guidance to make their own
work light, to my superiors I have excelled in my
work and earned their accolades. In fact my
Chairman once told me that it was diffficult to find
a man like me who contributed to all aspects of
administration and business with sincerity and
loyalty, without looking for rewards.
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