Taj hotels chef who quit job to feed homeless people
Narayanan Krishnan was an award-winning chef with Taj Hotel, Bangalore and was short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. But after witnessing a distressing incident in 2002, he quit his job and began feeding the homeless and hungry people in his home town.
I saw a very old man, literally eating his own human waste out of hunger. I went to the nearby hotel and asked them what was available. They had idli, which I bought and gave to the old man. Believe me, I had never seen a person eating so fast, ever. As he ate the food, his eyes were filled with tears. Those were the tears of happiness – Narayanan Krishnan
Krishnan founded his organization Akshaya Trust in 2003, which helps to feed the homeless in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
He serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to 425 indigent and elderly people in Madurai. He also provides haircuts and shaves to give extra dignity to those he serves. He was selected as one of the Top 10 in ‘CNN heroes 2010’ list. The character Narayanan Krishnan played by Jayaprakash in the Malayalam super hit film Ustad Hotel (2012) is based on him.
Today, Akshaya Patra Foundation runs one of the world’s largest mid-day meal programme.[pullquote-left]Healthy meals to 1.3 million children in more than 9,000 government schools across 9 states of India.[/pullquote-left]It daily distributes freshly cooked healthy meals to 1.3 million children in more than 9,000 government schools across 19 locations in 9 states of India. Built on a Public-Private Partnership, Akshaya Patra combines good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to deliver school lunch.
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