Amma – a memoir

Narasimhan Santhanam

This site is a tribute to my mother (amma) Lakshmi Santhanam (15 Aug 1939-18 Jun 2020).

It contains a detailed memoir I wrote about amma and a rather interesting life I lived with her.

While the overall context of the work is indeed personal, I have tried to provide inputs based on my learnings about hypertension (high blood pressure) and some of amma’s unique medical conditions – especially aortic dissection and restless legs syndrome. I have also shared my thoughts on how sons and daughters can engage in a more enriching manner with their old  parents.

While Amma is likely of interest to anyone with a mother :-), it will be especially so for those whose mothers are over 60 years old.

The website domain Malar Mugam ( ) is a Tamil term which translates to  “flower face”. Amma’s face was always fresh like a flower – even on the day she died. I felt it was an apt domain name to have her memoir. (BTW, try reversing the first two and last two letters of the domain name and – voilà).

Please click here to start reading Amma. If you wish to read it in a different and fun way, you can try starting with this page.