Sundar Pichai’s childhood home in Chennai sold to Tamil actor and producer C Manikandan

  • Manikandan, who is also a real estate developer, said that it was not Sundar Pichai’s property but the humility of his parents that floored him

Edited By Sayantani Biswas
Updated21 May 2023, 02:52 PM IST
Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc
Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc(Bloomberg)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai grew up in Chennai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. He had lived there till the age of 20. The Chennai's Ashok Nagar ancestral house of Sundar Pichai was recently sold off. 

The house was sold off to Tamil actor and producer C Manikandan. “Sundar Pichai has made our country proud and buying the house where he lived will be a proud achievement of my life,” C. Manikandan was quoted by The Hindu as saying.

Manikandan waited four months to finalise the purchase of Pichai's ancestral house in Chennai. This was because Pichai's father RS Pichai was in the United States during this period. 

Manikandan, who is also a real estate developer, said that it was not Sundar Pichai’s property but the humility of his parents that floored him. “I was spellbound by their humility and humble approach. Sundar’s mother made a filter coffee herself and his father offered me the documents right at the first meeting. In fact, his father waited for hours at the registration office, and paid all necessary taxes before handing over the documents to me," Manikandan recalled.

“In fact, his father waited for hours at the registration office, paid all necessary taxes before handing over the documents to me,” he said.

“Sundar’s father broke down for a few minutes while handing over the documents since this was his first property,” the actor added.

Sundar's neighbours also recollected their memories, “He lived in this house till the age of 20 years…took selfies with his family members on the balcony."

Manikandan mentioned that the entire property was demolished by Pichai's father, who bore the expenses himself, and handed over the plot for development.

Manikandan plans to construct a villa in the vacant space, which he expects to be completed within the next one and a half years.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai lived in his ancestral home in Chennai till the age of 20. He left the city for pursuing a career in Metallurgical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur in 1989. After graduation, Pichai was offered a scholarship at Stanford.

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First Published:21 May 2023, 02:52 PM IST
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