The Man of the Millennium

by Team Conscious Carma

Palam Kalyanasundaram, 80 year old librarian donated Rs.30 crore to the poor

The 80 year old librarian, Palam Kalyanasundaram who has donated his entire prize money of Rs.30 crores to the poor, had been donating his entire monthly salary to the orphans and even worked as a waiter after retirement to be able to continue his charity.  The man who’s devoted his life to charity, who didn’t get married because he wanted to help the poor with his earnings, Palam has surely taught the world, that there’s nothing bigger than  kindness, money the least.

Palam was born in Melakarivelamkulam, Tamil Nadu. After losing his father at a very young age, he recalls how his mother inspired him to serve the poor. He went on to do his Master’s in literature, and is also a gold medalist in library science, but his intent to do his bit for the society remained. He soon got a job as a librarian in Tuticorin, and has since then, contributed all his salary, pension benefits and ancestral property for social welfare. He also started the Palam Foundation to help the poor and needy.

Kalyanasundaram strongly believes in words said to him by Thamizhvanan, writer of self-improvement books, “Don’t bother about how you speak. Strive to make others speak good about you.”  These words were used by the great writer to bring Kalyanasundaram out of the discouragement of his feminist voice.

He is among the first persons in the world to have donated his entire salary to the needy. The list of awards does not end from the Life Time of Service Award to the Rotary Club of India. Kalyanasundaram is among the top 10 librarians in the world. He also won the award of the best librarian in India, by the Union Government.

Kalyanasundaram is an adopted Father to the legendary actor – Rajnikanth. After 15 days of the hospitable treatment, Mr. Kalyana Sundaram requested them to let him go since he felt imprisoned and there were people who needed him.

He lives a simple life all on his own in a small house in Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

A big Salute to the man  who left all the comforts, luxury, and convenience for those who don’t belong to him.

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