He joined the Law course and took his degrees as Bachelor
and Master of Laws with credit. After being apprenticed under
the late Sir John Wallis who was then the Advocate-General
of Madras and later became the chief Justice of Madras and
member of the Privy Council, he entered the Bar where he had
a very successful career for a long time, and was a leading
practitioner on the Original Side of the Madras High Court.
He was Editor of the Indian Law Reports, Madras High Court.
He was Editor of the Indian Law Reports, Madras, For a long
time and officiated as the Official Assignee of Madras, both
of which posts he occupied with distinction.
A beliver in the saying "A sound mind in a sound body,"
Sri Thirunarayanachariar translated the precept into practice
and had a good record at sports and atheletics. He was a good
swimmer and was very bold and daring. He was never afraid
of stormy seas nd would venture out single in his own yacht
in rough seas and under perilous conditions. He had a great
fascination for sailing and foreign travel and had a voyage
at least once or twice a year. He was widely travelled man
and in his voyages had perhaps covered the whole world, except
America. A man of imposing stature and keen intellect, and
a scholar to boot, he attracted attention wherever he went.
These voyages were utilized by him as a study of men and affairs
and served to improve and widen his knowledge, and were not
mere pleasure travels. Known for his broadmindedness and abhorrence
of cruelty, and a believer in equality and fraternity, he
was deeply pained at the discriminating treatment meted out
to our Indian brethren in South Africa. On his return from
Africa, he gave publicity to the sufferings and indignities
of Indians there and was eagerly looking forward to the day
when these iniquities would be redressed.
He was greatly interested in the Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals and was actively connected with it as
its Secretary for several extending its activities to embrace
all aspects of prevention of cruelty to animals. With his
broad vision and generous nature, he believed strongly in
the reformation of erring children and was keenly interested
in the Madras Children's Aid Society\of which he was Vice-President
till the end of his life. He was closely associated with the
Vigilance Association and was also an ardent believer in Harijan
uplift. The Hindu High School had a special claim upon his
affection and even after he ceased to be the Assistant Secretary
of the School Committee he was evincing keen interest in its
activities and was president of the Old Boys' Association
for some time.
Sri Tirunararyanachariar was a prominent figure in social
circles in the city. He was a distinguished member of the
Cosmoplitan Club and was reputed to be an excellent conversationalist.
Known for his humour and independent views, he always attracted
friends round him who were very often sent into rapturous
laughter by his anecdotes.
His sudden demise on the 24th of March 1944 at the age of
69 was a loss to the public and his friends.