Friday, October 29, 2010

Ambrosia and the CNN Hero of the Year

Ambrosia means food meant for Gods. Everyday we are blessed to choose from so many types of food which would make even the Gods envious.Have we ever thought how many of them outside have no access to hygienic food for even one time a day? Or have we ever thought of how much food we waste in a single day? In the Mumbai branch of the IT company I work for, there is a stats board that shows us how many KILOS of food we waste each day. That always brought back memories of the deeds of person I know in Madurai. He is family friend and an award winning Chef who used to work for a 5 star hotel in Bangalore. He was bound to go to Switzerland when an event changed his entire outlook towards life.

His name is Krishnan. Why would I be talking about Ambrosia, food wastage and Krishnan? It has a connection. Krishnan currently feeds around 400 odd people in and around Madurai every day, with piping hot food. The event that changed him is really a heart rendering story. How many of us will have the guts to drop sophisticated lifestyle and job to just help the poor?
Read about his story here (Source: The Hindu): Krishnan's Story

Now, why would I be reminded of him when I see the food wastage at my office? Well. 7 years ago, 3 of my friends and myself decided to celebrate our birthdays in a different manner. We decided to sponsor a meal by visiting his trust: Akshaya. We never knew that Krishnan would makes us tour with him in his Omni van and make us hand over the food parcel to the needy. It was an experience beyond words. The moment his van drove up to the designated spot, people who take food from him waited patiently for him to hand over the parcel, with an eager expectation.

Many of these people were in a state where they couldnt distinguish the food they were having. And it was his parcel of food that kept them going strong. Many of them were mentally unstable as well. It was a heart warming sight to see them trust a stranger and take the food he offered.His kitchen is impeccable with high standards of hygiene. And he personally oversees the food he prepares.

The palette might not have an impressive menu, but it filled a few 100 stomachs. Since it was our birthday we remember him making a sweet "Kesari". We promised ourselves that we should help him in any way possible when we started earning. Sadly that never happend. And all that wasted food at our office always brought back memories of the effort Krishnan makes to provide a sumptuous meal to the needy.

It made us more careful with the way we ordered food in bulk and have since considerably reduced the wastage after a party. Now, the main reason why I am presenting this story is because Krishnan has been shortlisted for CNN-Heros of the Year award to be held on Nov 25 at Los Angeles.

I request all of you accessing my blog to please vote for him and make him the preferred choice from India.
The prize money is huge, apart from the $25,000 he would get for being shortlisted, if he wins, he would get an additional $100,000. With that he should be able to build is dream home for the needy, the Akshaya Home and also medical service for them.

Please pass this story on to all of them.
Subi: I am depending on you to pass this story to all at St.Xaviers and ask them to vote for him.

My friends in IT: Please pass this on to your near and dear so that Krishnan wins maximum votes! Hope we reduce the food wastage @ our homes and work place.

To vote for him visit:

We need heroes like him.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Arun"Dirty" Roy

Hello Everyone!

I had wanted to write on a lot of things in the past few months, but couldnt gather my thoughts. But, one disturbing aspect that took place in Delhi made me write again. No, not the Common Wrath, ooops, sorry, common wealth games. Its more like the Satyam fraud. Every one knows its a scam but not guilty until proven so...leave that.

Arundhati Roy. She pops up here and there where there is a way to reach media nirvana. Guess she is helped by her cousin, the mighty Prannoy Roy of NDTV. I am sure we all have the freedom to express our views. But she has taken it for granted. It doesn't mean that having a won a Booker Prize you can thrust all your thoughts on an unassuming audience. Here she is voicing her support for a seperate Kashmir and declaring that it was never an integral part of India.

Congress is unpertrubed by this comment and still is mulling over giving a go ahead for her arrest. I would be really surprised if the press community raises their voice if she is arrested. This is tantamount to betraying India and she has to be branded a traitor.
Yes Kashmir is a huge problem with no resolution in sight. That doesn't mean that Kashmir can be given on a platter to any other country. Will this mean that if Darjeeling starts to pelt stones, she will go there and say Darjeeling was never an integral part of India? Is it not enough that China maps Arunachal Pradesh to their territory and Pakistan occupies a part of Kashimr? Do we need Indians to go ahead and say these inappropriate things?

This should be strongly condemned and she should be arrested and all her basic rights revoked unless she publicy apologizes to Indian citizens. Oh no!! Lets not do that.. then she will be hailed as the Suu Kyi of India. Guess the best thing to do is totally ignore her and make sure that she is never covered on primetime news. (Even thats highly unlikely with Prannoy Roy around)

Arundhati has dirtied herself. She is neither a novelist nor a Social servant.. she should have been confined to what she was doing earlier: Teaching Aerobics in Delhi's 5 start hotels.

Shame on you Arundhati!