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The ordinary man with his extraordinary work
N. Krishnan, an ordinary man, lives in Madurai, a city in the state of Tamil Nadu. He used to work in a five star hotel kitchen that he left. Now, he is enjoying his latest activity feeding the penniless mentally ill people by his own hands on the street of Madurai. This is a piece of work he is not doing for a day, a week, or a month; he is religiously doing it for the last seven years morning, noon, and night. That means three times a day he feeds 400 mentally retarded people on Madurai Street daily. He does not feed the beggars, who, he feels, can take care of themselves. A charity organization ‘Akshaya’ Trust is the umbrella through which he does this work without any grievance.
Money that is needed for this charity work comes from donations by donors, and that lasts for 22 days of one month. The rest of the month, he manages by himself, but confident that for those days too donations would come eventually. Rs. 12,000 is the amount he needs daily to do his favorite work, and he did not feel the want of money so far in the last seven years.
Krishnan is just 28 years old, and what he does is the culmination of age-old experiences that he achieved at this young age. Not only he feeds, he cooks all the food by himself with the help of two assistants in his residence day-in and day-out, everyday for the 365 days. He uses his past professional experience in the five-star hotel kitchen for those people, who are not in the minds of millions of well off people like us. The journalist, who accompanied him to witness his deeds, was astonished to see that no one of those people ever thanked him or smiled at him. That did not deter Krishnan to continue his heartfelt work. Krishnan carries the food in a Maruti Van to his wards on the street and feed them one by one. Krishnan also carries water for them as these people are not even aware of arrange their own water. They now recognize the van as their food supplier. A philanthropist donated the van for this noble purpose.
In the beginning, his family was not at all supportive to his whims, but now, they do support him with suggestions and help. He is still a bachelor, and thinks to find a suitable life partner, who would make his hands strong to carry this righteous work for many more years to come.
The sight of a mentally ill man eating his feces prompted him to buy some snacks for him. He saw how eagerly he ate those snacks, and after eating, he just smiled at him, that infectious smile encouraged him to do the same act again and again.
The other noble act he frequently does is to take the unclaimed dead bodies and put them to rest. Meticulously he gives bath to the bodies, and either buries them or cremates as per the need.
His extraordinary work attracted the corporate giants like Infosys and TVS, and both companies donated three acres of land to him in Madurai, where he dreams to build a house for his extraordinary wards.

Published: August 13, 2009   
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