Senior journalist and founder member of India’s premium website Redif.com, Athimuthu Ganesh Nadar has written an interesting book titled ‘The School on the hill’. This book is about his life in prestigious Barnes boarding school in Devlali near Mumbai. In early seventies, veteran actor Vinod Khanna was Ganesh’s senior mate. Veteran social worker and Lions Club of Mumbai’s founder member, Birender Katyal too studied with Athimuthu Ganesh Nadar. Also, actor Arshad Warsi attended Barnes in late eighties.
Athimuthu Ganesh Nadar was born and brought up in Mumbai. He studied philosophy in Elphinstone College. One of his classmates, Yazad Darasha went on to become the business editor of Sunday Observer. A chance meeting with the editor, where he had gone to meet his friend, set him on the path of writing. In 1988 he left Mumbai at the age of 30, complaining that it had become too crowded and moved into this quaint village in Tamil Nadu with the name of Panickanadarkudiruppu. He has been there for 25 years now.
From Sunday Observer he moved to Rediff.com. He is a founder-member there and now Deputy Managing Editor. What is surprising is that Mumbai folk call him a villager and his village folk call him a city man! He lives with his wife Bhavani and daughter Pooja in a three-storied ancestral house.