Former Doha resident, Lalitha Anantharaman, has died in Bangalore after a brief illness. Lalitha, 74, was the wife of T M Anantharaman, a former news editor of Gulf Times. She was a teacher in the junior wing of the MES Indian School during the eighties while living in Doha.
“Lalitha was a very popular teacher at the MES school and children got on very well with her,” a friend of her recalled. “She was always pleasant and a caring host.”
Anantharaman, one of the pioneering staff members of Gulf Times, came to Doha in 1978 to work for the newspaper and his wife, Lalitha, joined him from Mumbai soon after.
“Lalitha enjoyed cooking and during the weekends, the Ananthramans played host to regular social gatherings at their home while they were in Doha,” remembers a former colleague at Gulf Times. “Even celebrities visiting Doha then used to drop in,” he says. “Lalitha was always soft-spoken but at the same time had a great sense of humour. She also shared her husband’s passion for music and herself had in-depth knowledge of Indian classical music.”
She leaves behind her husband, Anantharaman, and three sons, Murali, Ganesh and Mahesh.
Lalitha had been on a ventilator after suffering from breathing problems for the past few days. She died on Thursday.
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