Hats off to Mr. Krishnan from Madurai!

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We still have a few good human beings around who are doing some yeoman service without expecting anything in return….

God Bless Such Souls !!!!!
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‘I
don’t feed beggars. They can look after themselves. The mentally ill
won’t ask anyone for food or money,’ says N Krishnan who has been
feeding them thrice a day for the past seven years
.

For more information on N Krishnan’s trust, log on to: http://www.akshayatrust.org/

Krishnan from Madurai

Left 5-star job to feed the mentally ill
N Krishnan feeds 400 mentally ill people on the streets of Madurai three times a day, every day, all 365 days of the year.
The 28 year old has been doing this for seven years via a charity called the Akshaya Trust.

A
look into the kitchen reveals a spotlessly clean room.. Sparkling
vessels stacked neatly, groceries and provisions all lined up in rows
— rice, dal, vegetables, spices — all of the best quality.. One would
think this was the kitchen of a five star hotel. 

Maybe Krishnan achieves that effect because he was once a chef at a five star hotel in Bengaluru.

“Today’s lunch is curd rice, with home made pickle, please taste it,” he says, serving me on a plate made of dried leaves.
The food is excellent.

I
change the menu for different days of the week. They will get bored if
I serve the same food every day,” he says with an enthusiastic and
infectious smile
.

Image: N Krishnan feeds a mentally ill person on a Madurai street


Krishnan feeds 400 mentally ill people every day
Krishnan cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner with the help of two cooks. He takes it himself to his wards on the street each day.

“I
don’t feed beggars. They can look after themselves. The mentally ill
won’t ask anyone for food or money. They don’t move around much too. I
find them in the same place every day.”

That
morning he put the food in a large vessel, the pickle in a smaller one
and loaded it into a Maruti van donated by a Madurai philanthropist.

Ten
minutes later we stopped near a man lying on the ground by a high wall.
Krishnan put the food next to him. The man refused to even look at it,
but grabbed the water bottle and drank eagerly. “He will eat the food
later, looks like he was very thirsty,” said Krishnan
.

At
the next stop, he laid the dry leaf-plate and served the food. He then
scooped some food and started feeding the mentally ill man himself.
After two morsels, the man started eating on his own.

We then crossed a crowded traffic signal and stopped the vehicle. On
seeing Krishnan, four individuals moved slowly towards the Maruti van.
They stood out in the crowd with their dirty, tattered clothes and
unshaven beards.

They knew this Maruti van meant food. But they did not hurry, knowing that Krishnan would wait for them.

Krishnan served them under a tree and carried water for them. “They are not aware enough to get their own water,” he explained.

And thus we went around the city till the Akshaya patra was empty. Of course, it would be full again for dinner later in the day.
Image: Krishnan’s wards often approach him when they see his food-laden van


Past 7 years

As we returned, a startling fact hit me. Not a single mentally challenged person had thanked
Krishnan. They did not even smile or acknowledge him. Still Krishnan
carried on in a world where most of us get offended if someone doesn’t
say thank you, sometimes even for doing our jobs.

The
food costs Rs 8,000 a day, but that doesn’t worry him. “I have donors
for 22 days. The remaining days, I manage myself. I am sure I will get
donors for that too, people who can afford it are generally generous,
particularly when they know that their hard earned money is actually
going to the poor. That is why I maintain my accounts correctly and
scrupulously.”

He
then pulled out a bill from the cabinet and showed it to me. It was a
bill for groceries he had bought seven years ago. “This bill has
sentimental value. It is the first one after I started Akshaya.”

The economic slowdown has resulted in a drop in the number of donors. Earlier, they sustained meals for 25 days.

Software
giants Infosys and TCS were so impressed with his work that they
donated three acres of land to him in Madurai . Krishnan hopes to build
a home for his wards there. He has built the basement for a woman’s
block which will house 80 inmates, but work has currently halted due to
a lack of funds
. 


Five idlis

This,
however, is not the sum of his good deeds. Krishnan also performs the
funerals of unclaimed bodies in Madurai . He collects the body, bathes
it and gives it a decent burial or cremation as the need may be. 

He gets calls, both from the municipal corporation and general hospital for the funerals. 

He
recalls with a little prompting how one day he saw a mentally ill man
eating his excreta. He rushed to the nearest restaurant and bought the
man five idlis. The man ate voraciously, and then smiled at him. The
smile made Krishnan want to do it again and again.

Krishnan
has not married and wonders if anyone would want to marry a man who
spends his days cooking food for others. He is firm that his life
partner has to agree to this kind of life.

His
parents were initially shocked, but are now very supportive of their
son. They advise him about the cuisine and also about how he can
streamline the process
.

One
wonders why he left his job in a five star hotel to bury the dead and
feed the mentally ill. To this he just smiles and says, “I like doing
it.”



T H A N K you Mr.Krishnan.  

Charu

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4 responses »

  1. Charu,

    Some how, we need the images of Mr. Krishnan….I doubt myself that I could not do like him or at lease a percent…(I would like and try to do so, in some part of my life!)

    Hope request(images of Mr. Krishnan) gets published here….

    Senthil C

  2. Hey nice one charu… Amazing guy… He deserves a lot… I’ve contributed what I can afford to his account… Thanks…

  3. I have heard about him few years ago and i have seen him feeding the mentally retarded ones near Gandhi Museum at Madurai.

    Dear Krishnan, you are one in a million. I pray the almighty to give you long life, so that you continue doing this rest of your life.

    Would be Happy if i could do something for your trust. plz mail me.

    Regards

    Venkatesh Sankaran

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