Stories like these just warm up your heart and light up your day – At the prime age of 80, a woman runs a business that helps the poor and her own family. In Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district, K Kamalathal makes idlis every day by hand and sells each at a mere one rupee. She claims that the low-pricing is to help the needy get food that they can afford. This soul-stirring story caught the eye of many and touched their hearts. This resulted in the union government gifting her complimentary LPG connection to help her sustain her novel business. It all started with a video going viral on social media.
Recently, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra tweeted a video showing Kamalathal making idlis in her tiny cottage with traditional stone grinder to make batter and masalas and wood-burning stove to make idli and sambar. He wrote in his post, "One of those humbling stories that make you wonder if everything you do is even a fraction as impactful as the work of people like Kamalathal. I notice she still uses a wood-burning stove. If anyone knows her I'd be happy to ‘invest' in her business & buy her an LPG fueled stove.”
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The tweet went viral in no time with comments of awe and praise flooding in. This prompted the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan to come forward to issue Kamalathal an LPG connection. Dharmendra Pradhan also took to Twitter to share his view - "Salute the spirit and commitment of Kamalathal. Glad to have helped her through local OMC officers in getting LPG connection.
Gladdened by this move, Anand Mahindra replied on the post, "This is superb. Thank you Bharat Gas Coimbatore for giving this gift of health to Kamalathal. As I have already stated, I am happy to support her continuing costs of using LPG...And thank you @dpradhanbjp for your concern and thoughtfulness.”
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The grit and invincible spirit of Kamalathal brought her the fruits of her hard work and rescued her from her hardship. This is a story that is sure to inspire us all.