I was born on May 31, 1952 to A. Venkataramanappa and Lakshmamma in a typical family in Bangalore. There is nothing much to speak about my earlier days and school life. I recollect that when I was about eight years, my parents took all of us (my brothers and sisters) to Paramahamsa Sannyasa Ashram, Bangalore regularly. The saintly husband and wife at that ashram were my first Gurus where the seed of spirituality was sown.
I have studied up to 10th standard and the only thing I can happily reminisce is that our school organized an essay competition for the passing out class in which I bagged the first prize. After my schooling I joined the Industrial Training Institute for the fitter trade course of two years. After one and a half years, I discontinued and signed up for Indian Naval Service on Sept. 18, 1967. I joined as a cadet and was assigned to the wireless telegraphy department. I was a below average student in my school days but after I joined the Navy, surprisingly my academic quotient improved. The telegraphic course was of 34 weeks duration and I was adjudged the best operator and I also stood first in the final exam.
During my stint in the Navy, I served on board INS Khukri, INS Himagiri and INS Udayagiri warships and served at a few bases. During my service on board INS Udayagiri I had the honour to represent India in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, held at Portsmouth, UK, in 1977. During this journey, our ship visited many European countries - France, Germany, Italy, Portuguese, Sweden and a few Middle Eastern countries on the way to the Fleet Review. It was a dream come true experience to me. I retired from the Navy on February 28, 1979.
On June 15, 1980, I married S.G. Sharada, a thoughtful and understanding woman who is the pillar of strength in the family. I have a son and daughter - Kiran and Pallavi. They are devoted and loving towards the whole family. I am also blessed with a dutiful daughter–in-law, Kusuma and a responsible son-in-law, Kumar Sheetendu Jha and grandchildren Devaansh Jha and Samarth.