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Published: January 2, 2014 00:00 IST | Updated: January 2, 2014 06:05 IST
A cricket lover scores century
The grand ‘Onangudiyar veedu’ is the centre of attraction in nondescript Rayavaram village in Pudukottai district of late.
A festive atmosphere permeates the typical Chettinad–styled palatial bungalow with a steady stream of visitors flocking to greet a centenarian and receive blessings from him.
Seated regally on a chair in the spacious central hall attired in spotless white shirt and dhothi is M.A.M. SP. Palaniappa Chettiar who turned 100 on December 19.
Swarmed by his near ones, Mr. Palanippa Chettiar raises from the chair with ease without a walking stick to accept the greetings from the visitors.
A household name in Rayavaram, the mentally-agile and physically-robust Mr. Chettiar calls out the name of his near ones and visitors effortlessly displaying his razor sharp memory and perfect eye sight.
The ripe age hasn’t deterred this centenarian from keeping himself occupied every day.
Besides being the president of the Subramanian Polytechnic College and the SKT Gandhi School at Rayavaram, Mr. Palaniappa Chettiar is an active trader in stocks, keeping track of his daily stock transactions till date.
Barring weekends, not a day passes without Mr. Chettiar calling up his stock broker at Chennai to ascertain the current market rates and keep himself updated reading a business newspaper.
A die-hard cricket lover and a great fan of skipper M. S. Dhoni, Mr. Chettiar never misses to watch matches played by India. Mr. Chettiar says the disciplined life style and balanced diet are the secrets of his physical and mental fitness.
“I don’t get perturbed even if things go wrong despite careful planning. This has made me mentally strong over the years,” says the centenarian.
A festive atmosphere permeates the typical Chettinad–styled palatial bungalow with a steady stream of visitors