For 82-year-old Kamalathal, who sells Re 1 idli in Coimbatore, Thursday started off on a comfortable note.Unlike others days, this octogenarian didn’t undergo her usual tedious process of steaming idlis with firewood in her modest kitchen at Vaivelampalayam near Coimbatore.
After the Chairman of Mahindra Group shared her video on twitter and expressed his intent in investing in her business by buying her an LPG stove, Bharath Gas and Hindustan Petroleum has donated gas stove and cylinders to the idli paati on Wednesday. And it was her first day in life on Thursday to use a gas stove.
“Paati had never cooked in a gas stove. I taught her how to use it several times since morning, but still she finds it hard to use the LPG stove. May be she would take a few more days to learn things. So I make sure I am around her always while cooking. Any way she feels quite relaxed now,” said P Aarthi, wife of Kamalathal’s grandson.
The paati is also giving a go by to the traditional grinding stone used all these years to make chutney and batter as philanthropists have given her a grinder and mixie, which had made her job easier. More philanthropists are pouring in to her house to extend further support.
Collector K Rajamani is coming again to visit Kamalathal on Friday. “I wish to tell them all my heartfelt thanks. I don’t have any wish list to ask for. I am happy for all the kindness showered on me,” says paati, who has shot into national fame for her low priced idli.
Ever since the benevolent gesture of the octogenarian came to limelight, the number of customers lining up to taste her one rupee idli is growing steadily.
“Over the last ten days, I am getting up to 100 people daily from around 50 persons before. Even people from far off places are now coming to have breakfast at my home. I am happy to serve them all,” she says.
The paati, who is unmoved by her new found fame, continues to make hundreds of fluffy idlis to her growing number of clientele.