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CNN-IBN Reports-Pankajakasthuri's Padheyam a helping hand in Feeding Thousands -Katakada (Kerala):
2009-11-16

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Providing free lunch for a thousand people is a prospect many people would shy away from. However, the Pankaja Kasturi Ayurveda Hospital in Katakada in Thiruvanthapuram is doing just that, everyday of the year. During noontime, the residents gather to have a sumptuous lunch at the hospital's eating joint Padheyam. "Even if it is free food, it is of very high quality. We now hope that God will give Pankaja Kasturi a chance to continue this forever so that people like me don't go empty stomach even for a day," says a resident, Aboobecker. The moment the clock strikes noon, children from nearby schools will be the first ones to queue up for lunch. Rich, poor Hindus, Muslims the young and the old, they all share a common table and a common menu at Padheyam. So why is the hospital feeding so many mouths, without charging a single penny? "I started this in April 2006 on my mother's birthday. It is said in Ayurveda that we should give something back to the society," says Managing Director, Pankaja Kasturi Herbals Ltd, Dr J Hareendran Nair. Figures show that people close to 25, 000 came to the joint for free lunch in January 2007 alone. And it takes 150 kilos of rice and 50 kilos of vegetables, just to make a single day's lunch. Having started this noble concept, the key for Pankaja Kasturi is to sustain this effort. And perhaps the biggest challenge is for the housewives of the area, because if it gets wound up then they will have to light fire in their kitchens once again