Former president Nathan's memoirs now in Tamil

Former president Nathan's memoirs now in Tamil

A Tamil version of former president S R Nathan's memoirs was launched at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India yesterday morning.

The translation of the English publication - An Unexpected Journey: Path To The Presidency, which was released in 2011 - was done by Mr A. Palaniappan, head specialist (English/Tamil) at the Language Services Department in Parliament. It took him a year.

The launch was attended by more than 300 guests, including Foreign and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.

"Mr Nathan is an example of humility, utmost talent and a great man. He is also a guide to the Tamils all over the world. This Tamil book is a great work of the Indian community," said Mr Shanmugam.

Mr Nathan is one of only two Tamils to have been president of a nation. The other is India's former president APJ Abdul Kalam. Tamil Murasu, the Tamil-language daily of Singapore Press Holdings, sponsored the translation and publishing costs, and is presenting the book as a gift to the Tamil community.

It is not for sale, but copies can be obtained through donations made to the Singapore Indian Development Association. It will also be given free to Tamil students at Tamil Murasu events.

In the 678-page book, Mr Nathan recounts his difficult childhood, his experiences during the Japanese Occupation in World War II, and his time in public office where he held the highest position in the country for more than a decade.

This article was first published on July 13, 2014.
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