Narayanan Krishnan – A Madurai born Indian chef.
He was living as a successful chef in Taj hotels, Bangalore.
He was even short listed for an elite job in Switzerland.
But a final visit to his home before heading to Europe changed his life forever.
He was heading to a temple in his car when he saw an old man under a bridge. Little did he know that this man was going to change his life forever.
The old man was pretty weak and he was so hungry that he was eating his own human waste for food.
That one incident haunted him so much that he decided to quit his job, and decided to serve the poor and mentally ill people.
In 2003 he founded a non profitable Akshaya Trust.
Till now he has served around 2 million meals to the homeless.
He also carries comb, scissors and razors and gives them free hair cuts.
He sleeps in Akshaya’s modest kitchen along with his co workers.
Since investing his entire savings in 2003, he has taken no salary till date.
The malayalam movie “Ustad Hotel” is based on his life.
“Be the change you want to see in this world.” He proved it with his life.
I would like to quote one the question he asked the viewers in one of his interviews. “I would like to ask you a question that as an individual what you did. As an individual what impact have you created for society? You will see in the roadside, a BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, but on the same day you will see a homeless person. There is no bun, no burger for this person. You drive by in a Mercedes, but do you see the beggar on the sidewalk?”
In 2010, he was awarded the CNN heroes award.
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Edit 1: Below is link to a Ted Talk given by Narayanan Krishnan. Thank youfor sharing it with us.