Min Thein Kha

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Min Thein Kha, born Maung Aung Tunthe, was a brilliant creator of the sleuth 'Surveillance Hnin Maung.' Born on 25th June 1939 to the painter U San Shein and Daw Tin Tin, Min Thein Kha was the eldest of seven siblings. He studied at St. Paul's High School and obtained his matriculation degree from AV College. In 1958, he joined the army and served for five years. He was then known as Sgt. Aung Tun. Thereafter, he led a checkered career, working as night a watchman at a cooking oil mill, as a paddy inspector and as rice mill manager.

Since 1976, he had written, under the pseudonym Min Thein Kha, about a hundred novels and numerous short stories of which Manusari, Punna Ba Kun and Sanay Maung Maung were very popular among his readers. He was awarded the Ph. D by the University of Calcutta for his thesis "The destiny of 122 Burmese Kings".

Although he belonged primarily to the world of the letters, his talent was multifaceted. In addition to being a prominent writer, he was a good orator and a famous astrologer of Myanmar. But even a man of his stature was not spared criticism and attack from the junta. In 1988 he was imprisoned for leading the 88 uprising. After his release from prison, he concentrated on astrology. Since then, astrology dominated his writings. He started his career in astrology in 1976 in Taungyi of Shan State. In 1978 he introduced astrology to Rangoon, teaching the nuances of the discipline to his disciples and students in Mayanthalin compound in Hmawbi Township until his death at the age of 70 on 1st August 2008. He is survived by a son.

(Source: Mizzima News)