K Kamalathal, better known as Idli Amma, is an 83-year-old woman who has been selling idlis for ₹1 for decades now in Vadivelampalayam, Tamil Nadu.
Her motivation to do so is the fact that she wants to feed the poor who may not be able to afford higher prices. She just wants everyone to be well-fed.
In 2019, she rose to fame after the media got to know about her story. Overnight, Idli Amma became a known name across the country and one of the people to take note of her efforts was Anand Mahindra, who promised to give her a new home.
On mother’s day yesterday, the business tycoon delivered on his promise and gifted Kamalathal a house. In a tweet that he shared on his social media, she can be seen entering the place.
Immense gratitude to our team for completing the construction of the house in time to gift it to Idli Amma on #MothersDay She’s the embodiment of a Mother’s virtues: nurturing, caring & selfless. A privilege to be able to support her & her work. Happy Mother’s Day to you all! pic.twitter.com/LgfR2UIfnm— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 8, 2022
People found this very touching and have been reacting to the news on Twitter.
Great and humble honor in true sense to the great Idli Amma! https://t.co/M4KpZVOQR9— Prof. Ganesh R. Sinha (@profgrsinha) May 9, 2022
BIG SALUTE TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM.HOPE MORE WILL TAKE UP SUCH NOBLE CAUSES. https://t.co/m4boUIyHaQ— kochaniyan (@kochaniyan2) May 9, 2022
Whole nation really proud of u Sir— Nishant Chauhan (@Nishant2024Bjp) May 9, 2022
💐💐🙏🙏 Jai hind https://t.co/CFeBhAXuQm
Annand saheb your humanity work is admirable thanks https://t.co/wtoIRD8CmL— Ashok Pal (@Ashok_pals) May 9, 2022
Your a great man.. Sir🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/boKgrr3k6H— ꧁ℒ𝓪𝓴𝓼𝓱𝓶𝓲✞𝔐𝔲𝔱𝔥𝔲𝔩𝔦𝔫𝔤𝔞𝔪꧂ (@muthulingam01) May 9, 2022
As Idli Amma, K Kamalathal has worked for years in the kitchen and she has gotten hundreds of thousands of meals prepared for the people she loves so much. As per reports, she gets up early in the day and spends hours preparing the batter for idlis.
It’s good to see her dedication being noticed and rewarded.