85 Year Old Kamalathal Paati Waits for Idli Date with Modi
Eighty five year old M Kamalathal who sells Idli for one rupee in Coimbatore wants to meet Prime Minister Modi and serve him her fluffy idlis. The fragile but active lady who’s been selling idlis over the last eighteen years wants to thank him for the complimentary LPG cylinders she has received.
Three years ago the story of the grand ma serving idlis to hundreds of daily wagers every day had gone viral on social media.
Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group had tweeted about her wanting to help her with an LPG stove and build her a home. However HP installed two Bharat Gas LPG cylinders for her and has not been charging her acknowledging her service.
Presuming the cylinders to be a personal help by the Prime Minister, Kamalathal told telllmystory.in ‘Only Modi has been giving two gas cylinders over the last two or three years. I am proud. I want to meet him and thank him”. When asked how would she do it she added “I want to go to his place or he could come here, eat my Idlis and go.”
Over the last two years the grand old woman’s gesture was a boon for so many who lost their jobs amid the pandemic. “For five rupees one could have a hearty breakfast. She is not after money” a worker said.
Kamalathai would soon get a new home as well. Anand Mahindra who’s building for her tweeted “Only rarely does one get to play a small part in someone’s inspiring story and I would like to thank Kamalathal better known as Idli Amma for letting us play a small part in hers. She will soon have her own house cum workspace from where she will cook and sell idlis.”
The Paati cheerfully serves even to those who don’t have any money to pay. “Its nobility to the core. She says what is money when a stomach is hungry” says Ms Vanitha Mohan, Chairperson of Pricol Ltd who visited Kamalathal, inspired by her gesture.
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