Appreciate : A Man provides Lunch for 1 Rupee for the poor : Venkatraman

“One day a woman from a Government hospital came to buy idlis for Rs 10. Since there were no idlis that day, she went away disappointed. She didn’t have extra money to buy something else to feed her ailing husband. That’s when I realized that there are people who actually survive on only Rs 10 a day”

Venkatraman500 kilometers from Chennai, in the small town of Erode, is this restaurant, a lifeline to the poorest of the poor who come for treatment at the Erode Government Hospital. Shri AMV Homely Mess run by Venkatraman serves lunch for a token amount of one rupee to the attendants of the unfortunate patients admitted at the hospital.

Venkatraman, said, “One day a woman from a Government hospital came to buy idlis for Rs 10. Since there were no idlis that day, she went away disappointed. She didn’t have extra money to buy something else to feed her ailing husband. That’s when I realized that there are people who actually survive on only Rs 10 a day. While other people waste so much money on unnecessary things. That’s when I decided that I should give food to the needy for one rupee.”

Venkatraman doles out 30 such tokens every day. “Though I am not very rich, I am able to manage this as other customers pay the full amount,” informs the son of a former railway employee. 

 Customer said, “Venkatraman’s Rs 1 lunch scheme has helped a lot of needy people. Nowhere else can we purchase anything for Rs 1 a day.” Venkatraman simple scheme has fed thousands of needy people. Other customers pay Rs 40 for the same lunch

But why should the token cost Re 1 at all? Venkatraman has a logic: “If we give something absolutely free to somebody, they won’t respect it. Only if they give something from their pocket, even if it is as meagre as one rupee, they will value it.”

Though this world is predominantly inhabited by selfish people, the acts of a few good souls make it a better place. Venkatraman is clearly one such good samaritan.

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