Just read a news item. Very much want to share with y’all.
Erode is a small town in Tamil Nadu. A gentleman is running a small vegetarian eatery there. He parcels the mid-day meals and gives to 20 people every day for just one rupee each. Why is he doing this? This is what he said. I will paraphrase:
There is a hospital near my eatery. People from neighboring villages, who are sick, are admitted there as in-patients. The food for patients is provided by the hospital. But the hospital cannot provide food for those (relatives/friends) who are staying there and attending the patients. Most of them are very poor. They cannot afford to give Rs.25.00 that I generally charge for lunch. Therefore, they skip the lunch and go hungry.
Since I am in the food business, I cannot be just a silent spectator to this. Therefore, I have arranged with the hospital to give daily “tokens” to those poor relatives/friends so that they come here, give the token and one rupee and get the lunch.
Why he charges one rupee and why not give for free?
If I give them for free, their pride will be hurt. That is why I am charging a nominal fee of one rupee.
Why parcel the food and give them as “take out” and why not let them eat in the restaurant?
I parcel the food with generous helping. Each parcel has enough food for 2 or 3 persons. Therefore, they can take the food parcel and share with someone else also.
Glad to see that even today there are people like him in this world.