Unsung Heroes

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The Feeding Knight On His Speeding White Steed

We were tipped off about today’s Unsung Hero by our friend Indrajith. Following his suggestion, we hung around the Secretariat to catch our hero in action.

As usual, the front of the secretariat is filled with protestors, press photographers and the police. We approached press photographer Sajith and enquired about this man. He told us that he would be there soon on his white bike and asked us to wait.

 

 

 

 

It was 12.30 p.m. and the Statue road was teeming.  In that throng, we saw a man moving very slowly, seeking out people.  Catching sight of the white bike, a man from the crowd rushes towards him. He is a ‘Sathyagrahi’who has spent more than a year protesting in front of the secretariat with his wife.

The man in the white bike handed over a packet to him and spoke something to him. Mission accomplished, the bike moves on ahead, once again seeking...

 

 

 

 

The man and his bike is a regular sight  in front of the Secretariat. What he seeks are hungry mouths which he feeds unfailingly day in and day out. This is no ordinary sight you see every day in this age when we are too busy even to notice the people immediately around us. 

We approached this benevolent ‘knight’ on his white ‘charger’ to know what made him such a ‘saviour’.

His name is Suralayam Raveendran and he is  from Nedumangadu, where he is the manager of two CBSE Schools named Suralayam and Navabharath English Medium School which has classes upto the 6th standard. Raveendran starts his feeding rounds every  morning at 8.30, with breakfast. Lunch follows till 2.30 pm.

In Raveendran’s words, “I bring breakfast from a hotel in Vazhayila. At noon, I purchase food from the lady who sells meals by  the side of the Secretariat. I give the food to anyone who stretches out their hand to me.”

 

 

 

 

He has been feeding the hungry on the streets for the past 30 years and this sense of charity is something that runs in his family.  It was “I saw this custom followed by my grandmother from my childhood. My uncles used to be  in Germany back then and so we had a steady income. In those days, the needy used to  come home and ask grandma for help. Now the situation has changed and no one come to us anymore. So I come out and provide food for those who need it. By doing so, I feel that I am able to give some help to those ignored by the world.”

The money for buying food is from his pocket and he takes no help from others for this.  He believes that collecting money from others diminishes the value of what he does. He says, “When I began this routine I delivered food for 200-300 people daily. Then the Government started rehabilitation centre for the beggars, and the number dwindled to 100. Delivering food to the maximum number of people who are starving makes me happy,” Says this man who finds joy in wiping away the hunger of his fellowman.

Right from  his school days, Raveendran has been sharing his food with the less fortunate. And today he is strongly supported in his noble cause by his wife and two daughters He is

In this journey, Suralayam Raveendran has witnessed many touching incidents. He shares some of them with us.  “I saw a man picking food from the garbage thrown out by a hotel. Such situations still exist in our society. I bought food for him.”

 

 

 

Raveendran also narrates the incident of the man he saw once, weeping  in front of the Azad hotel. He was a retired employee of AG’s office, abandoned by his wife and children and seeking an old age home for shelter. After answering our questions he resumes his work. At 2.30 he heads back to his school. If he runs out of his stock of food and there are more mouths to feed, he has no qualms about buying food for them. So used to feeding people is this man, that he naturally asks us if we have had our food.

 

 

 

 

 

So the next time you are in the vicinity of the Secretariat, look out for this kind soul amidst the crowds, searching for hungry mouths to feed. You can identify him by his white LML bike, white shoes and a smile on his face.

White that symbolises purity is the favorite colour of Suralayam Raveendran. Nothing could be a better choice for this man whose purity of heart shines through his noble actions.

Yentha is proud to salute this Unsung Hero!

 

By Renju R

 
Posted By : Deepa, On Nov 09, 2011 11:15:21 PM
 
 
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hats off Mr. Suralayam Raveendran, thank u deepa & indrajith for this nice report :)
Sunil Ibrahim, on Nov 11, 2011 05:11:03 PM
 
 
Good job Renju and wow, what a man ! Thx Yentha.
George Varghese , on Nov 14, 2011 06:11:14 PM
 
 
A Great Man and a group of purposeful Journalists
Jayadevan, on Nov 15, 2011 03:05:34 PM
 
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