Aval (flattened rice), pori (puffed rice) and kadalai (groundnuts) — are the specialties of VN Shanmuga Thevar Pattani Shop, which is run by 55-year-old third-generation businessman VS Thirunavukkarasu. The shop is located in Aminjikarai since 1949. The whole community from Vadaseri village of Thanjavur district came together and settled in the city years ago, and now the pattani business has spread across T Nagar, Purasawalkam, Mylapore, Thiruvallikeni, and Vannarapettai. “Everybody here is our family member. Although the groundnut business has been sinking for the past 10 years, the awareness regarding the healthy nut has been increasing,” explains the proprietor Thirunavukkarasu, who has been in the business for 25 years. He says that his father, VN Shanmuga Thevar, and grandfather, VN Narayanasamy Thevar were also dependent on the business for a living.
Despite studying mechanics in PUC, Thirunavukkarasu decided to take up his family business. The tiny shop hasn’t gone through much renovation in 69 years, it still retains its vintage charm. While they’ve adapted to the use of machines, the old chatti (frying vessel) and aruva (sickle) still hold a place inside the shop.Read more
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