First, Ananthu Atthai: our dad's paternal aunt or Atthai, from the Ponani family -
Next, Meena Pattiammai: Our paternal grandmother and a grand-daughter of Ammappatty of Parur through her eldest daughter.
Thereafter, Thangam (or Kunjammai as we called her): A daughter of the Perumbavoor family.
Nextly, Chellamani, daughter of Kunjammai & Kunjappa:
And then Dorai or Parvathi, our mother:
The latest, Shobha: My sister. In 1975 to Ramakrishnan a.k.a Ramu , my second cousin and paternal grandson of Ananthu Atthai and Anna Parameshwaran, son of G.Ramanathan, my dad's cousin. Trikkavu (Ponani) to Perumbavoor.
And the inevitable footnotes:
1.There is a further bride exchange, from Perumbavoor to Trikkavu, but it went a little wide of the mark! My cousin Usha (the aforesaid Chellamani's daughter) married P.G.Parameswaran of Trikkavu (the grandson of Ambi Pattar of PGP and Sons of Ponani) in 1973. She was hardly 19 then . After a career spent in the Kanan Devan (Tata) tea estates, her husband is now running the family business of coffee and tea wholesaling which is still going strong but run out of Palghat now.
2.Although I. perhaps rightly, refer to them as the Perumbavoor family, they are, in fact, from Koovappodi, a village near Perumbavoor, I think. And I think that is what the K in
K.R.Ganapathi Iyer's (or Anna Parameshwaran's) initials stands for.
3. Whilst I refer to Perumbavoor as a collateral family, they are, to some of my cousins like the aforementioned Usha, as important as Ponani is to us, being their paternal family and one equally bound by ties to the Parur family as our Ponani family.