Selfless, generous and philanthropic
Mr Kalyanasundaram is the first person in the world to spend his entire earnings for a social cause. In recognition of his service, the American government honoured him with the ‘Man of the Millennium’ award. He received a sum of Rs 30 crores as part of this award which he happily distributed in entirety to the needy! Is that easy? For the most part, we make the best and most of what we earn. We save it so our children lead comfortable lives. But beyond a certain point/ amount we feel diffident about sharing our earnings with those needier than us!
How did he make ends meet?
Mr Kalyanasundaram worked as a Librarian for 30 years. Every month in his 30 years service he donated his entire salary to help the needy. He worked as a server in a hotel to meet his needs. It makes me think that he felt hesitant to spend a penny of his hard work on himself and perhaps considers that the rightful recipients are those who are deprived of much.
And that’s not the end! Post-retirement, he even donated his pension, an amount of about ten lakh rupees to the needy.
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