Poverty and starvation of the “low classes” of people are among India’s top problems. There are many non-governmental organizations but the lack of resources and funding are simply stifling any efforts to overcome the pressing issues of Indian society. Luckily there are true heroes like the 34-year-old Narayanan Krishnan who have devoted his life in service of those who are too poor to even feed themselves.
What’s simply amazing about Narayanan’s story is that in 2002 he had the perfect job as a master chef in the chain of the luxurious Taj Hotels. He was just about to sign a working contract with another high-class restaurant in Switzerland, but he had a change of heart. After visiting his hometown of Madurai he was shocked to see how many homeless and desperate people were starving on the streets. Very often these people were struggling with mental illnesses and couldn’t care for themselves.
In 2003 the former star chef founded his nonprofit organization called “Akshaya Trust” and since then it has served over 1.5 million meals to the ones who need them. The name of the organization translated from Sanskrit stands for “imperishable” and “undecaying” which means that human grace should never seize to exist.