At 85 years old, Kamalathal, fondly known as 'Idli Amma', is making a significant impact by selling idlis for just 1 rupee each, aiding those in need and helping families save money.

During the lockdown, Kamalathal emerged as a hero without a cape, feeding those in poverty with her affordable and delicious idlis. Her eatery, a modest 35-year-old establishment located in Vadivelampalayam on the outskirts of Coimbatore, has become a haven for many.

Every day, Kamalathal wakes up at 5 AM to prepare idli batter and chutney using a traditional grinding stone. She opens her doors to diners at 6 AM and continues serving until noon, or until her batter runs out. Her idlis have garnered a loyal following, attracting customers from nearby areas such as Boluvampatti, Pooluvampatti, Thenkarai, and Mathipalayam.

Despite the rising costs and the challenging economic climate, Kamalathal remains steadfast in her commitment to keeping her prices low. She has no intention of increasing the price of her idlis, demonstrating her dedication to serving the underprivileged.

In times of crisis like the pandemic, Kamalathal’s courage and selflessness stand out. She prioritizes the well-being of the underprivileged over profits and personal gain, embodying the true spirit of a hero. Kamalathal is a beacon of hope for her community, exemplifying what it means to be a true saviour.

Source / Image Credit : The Economic Times