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                   This small town has produced many world famous persons from several aspects of life.We had Vengayil Kunhi Raman Nayar, the first humorous writer as well as a short story writer.Oyyarath Chandu Menon wrote the first Malayalam novel ‘Indulekha’. Murkot Kumaran was the editor of many news papers, short story writer, critic, poet, novelist .Sanjayan was the most outstanding humorous writer. Murkot Kunhappa, who wrote 42 books ,some in English and many in Malayalam was for many years associate editor of MalayalaManorama.There were many outstanding Sanskrit scholars, Parambath Ryru Nair, V.Mamen Gurukkal and before all of them Kakkuzhi Kunhappu Gurikkal.Thalassery has produced some of the world renowned scientist, Dr.K.K Janaki, Botanist was emeritus professor. Dr.M.D. Ragavan renowned anthropologist, his brother Dr.Damodaran,World renowned professor of biochemistry and Dr.Veinu Bappu, who was president of the world astrological conference,  were all from Thalassery.The father of Indian Circus hails from Thalassery Prof: Keeleri Kunhikannan and one of his many pupils was Kannan Bombayo, whom Hitler called “The Jumping Devil of India”.

                  One of the greatest sons of India whom we claim as our own is still with us Justice V.R. KrishnaIyer and another Justice who has distinguished himself was Chief Justice of Kashmir,Justice Khalid, the late Justice Bhaskaran, Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh was also from Thalassery.Thalassery has produced two Ambassadors K.V. Padmanabhan and A.P.M. Abdulla who is still with us. It is Thalassery’s daughter Manjula Padmanabhan who won the Oanasis prize for the best book ‘The Harvest’ among the books written in 40 languages around the world,

Wing Commander Murkot Ramunny, IAF, the first Chief Instructor, JSW Nov.1950 to Oct. 1953

                       Wing Commander Murkot Ramunny was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Pilot Officer in 1941. As a student in Madras he had taken flying as a hobby and had obtained the ‘A’ licence from Madras Flying Club. When Japan entered the second world war and India and Burma became a likely theatre of war he gave up the idea of competing for civil services joined the I.A.F., the first one from Kerala. He saw action in the North West Frontier of undivided India and against the Japanese in Burma as a fighter reconnaissance pilot flying Hurricanes. After the war he was posted to the Air Head Quarters and at the time of independence was in charge of partitioning the I.A.F.After independence he was posted to the Cabinet Secretariat of Prime Minister Nehru and was a Staff Officer in the Defence Committee of the Cabinet.Later he was involved in formulating the promotion regulations of the airmen of the I.A.F.He was the first Chief Instructor of the National Defence Academy Joint Services Wing, where officers for the Army, Navy and Air Force were trained jointly.

                     He has written many books, Autobiography as a Pilot called ‘Sky was the Limit’, ‘The World of Nagas’, a political history of Nagas, ‘Lakshadweep the Coral Islands in the Arabian sea’, which is a short history of Lakshadweep, ‘ Cricket in Tellicherry’ which is a down memory lane account of Cricket in Tellicherry and a few other books. He also writes regularly for The Hindu, Malayala Manorama and Mathrubhumi.
Now a nonagenarian, he has settled in his home town, Tellicherry. He is the President of Dr. Hermann Gundert Foundation. He is well known for his unique contribution to Malayalam literature, journalism and above all education of underprivileged children.