Jayalalithaa’s letters, columns reveal her unhappy childhood, how she perceived men

So she recounted a series of memories discussing her early childhood, relationship with her mother, her stardom among others. By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |

Updated: December 7, 2016 6:43 pm

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa died in Chennai
Several old interviews and correspondence of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa have resurfaced once again in the light of her recent demise. Born in Mandya district of Karnataka in 1948, Jayalalithaa lost her father at a very young age. In her writing, she had let her guard down, giving the readers a sneak peek at her childhood, which she mostly spent longing to meet her mother Vedha alias Sandhya, who was away working in Chennai. The columns Jayalalithaa had written for the press and her handwritten letters reveal the unseen pieces of her enormous personality. And for many years, she also lived away from her mother as she was in Bengaluru while Sandhya was trying to make a living by acting in films in Chennai. She wrote a string of columns for Tamil weekly magazine, Kumudam, in 1978 when her life came under intense media scrutiny due to several rumours. Read: Jayalalithaa’s letter reveals why she rejected Rajinikanth’s Billa, read full text