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Early life

His primary education was in DTEA, Delhi. After his father late Shri M Ramanathan, news reader in All India Radio was transferred to then Madras, he was given admission in Rajah Muthaiah High School near Raja Annamalaipuram and then to Kendriya Vidyalaya located inside the IIT Campus and later went to St Patricks Anglo Indian High School by the side of the Adyar River. He completed his schooling at St Patricks and moved on to Loyola College for the Pre University Certificate. He was a sports enthusiast during his school days, proficient in all the games and sports and was singled out as a good footballer and physical fitness mania. He was also selected to participate in the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi in the year 1970, as an Airwing Cadet from the NCC. This could be acclaimed as a landmark in his schooling days.

The brief one year in Loyola College had some fleeting memories - getting involved in a strike and being shown the gate which made him realise responsibility for self, towards family and the society at large which helped him complete his Mathematics degree which was the only subject that was offered to him when he was shown the door at Loyola College. He still remembers the strike and the lessons that it taught him which he shares with students when ever he gets an opportunity.

After successful completion of a degree in Mathematics, his father took up the reigns to put him on a track of his liking - his son to become a police officer. This involved Sarath to attend IAS IPS coaching classes which fell through as his mind was distracted and when his brother - in - law showed an opening to work in Bangalore, he readily jumped at the offer as that would give him freedom to experience life from his perception.

He left to Bangalore and took up the job of a newspaper boy delivering newspapers in the shops of Bangalore and gained experience of real life on the streets. Interacting with different kinds of people, new friends, infatuations, work culture and all such experiences taught him values of life. His hard work did not go waste as he was given additional responsibilities of taking care of reporting and selling space for the newspaper for which once he was a cycle boy.