According to my school records I was born on Jan 2, 1940, in the city of Madras, in the state of Madras in India, which was then a British colony. The city is now called Chennai and the state has become Tamil Nadu in the Republic of India.
My father was born in the last year of the nineteenth century, in 1899 and he married my mother in 1917, when he was eighteen and she was ten. I am an only child and my parents had been married for nearly twenty five years when I was born. Both my parents were the eldest siblings in rather large families and I have always received special attention from all my uncles, aunts, cousins, grandmothers and other assorted relatives. I was born so late that I did not really get to know either of my grandfathers.
Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)00-02 00A15 01A70
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