Kalyanasundaram : A paradigm of simple living, high thinking

Ankesh Porwal
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Kalyanasundaram has worked tirelessly for the cause of the poor and the needy. He practices Gandhian principles without bothering whether the world takes notice of them or not.


He has spent 35 years as a librarian. The Union Government has acclaimed him as `The Best Librarian in India'. He has also been chosen as one of the top ten librarians of the world. He donated the money he got from the  sale of his ancestral property to the poor. An amount of Rs. 1 lakh that Kalyansundaram received as salary arrears, gave to the district collector to be used for orphans. For 45 years, Kalyanasundaram's social work was focussed on children. In  1998, he decided to expand his service and, thus, Paalam was born.

He opts to remain a bachelor. So his personal needs are meagre & is doing odd jobs in a hotel or a laundry. He was declared as the `Man of the Millennium' by an American organisation & donated the entire amount of Rs. 30 crores he recieved towards charity.

"Everything is, therefore, a state of mind. Finally, what do we take with us when we leave planet earth?" - Kalyansundaram

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