Photo from The Hindu, 11.10.2017
Pursuing the joy of giving
Meet the couple, K Janardhanan and his wife R Jalaja, who resigned from government jobs spending little for their simple life and giving the rest to the needy.
Being in a comfortable plum government job is a dream for many. But, for this city couple – K Janardhanan and his wife R Jalaja – serving the elderly and the needy in society is more heart whelming than being in a cosy government job.
Janardhanan, 74, was an assistant general manager (telecom), when he took voluntary retirement in 2000 and his wife R Jalaja, 66, was the personal assistant to the commissioner of central excise. When resigning in 1994, Jalaja had 18 years of service to complete. “It was not easy for me to convince my boss and other colleagues as they tried their level best to convince me. But I stood firm in my decision and never regretted,” says Jalaja.
The couple from Tirunagar started a home for old people in 1994 and ran it till 2010 under Vaibhav Seva JJ Foundation. Simultaneously, they also conducted classes for veda and slogans free of cost for 16 years. They ran it in the ground floor of their house and they stayed in first floor. When they found it is congesting for the inmates, they bought an adjacent building in 1999, investing a part of their savings.
Although they earned well, they found contentment only in giving it to the needy. The couple do not have a child and never thought of adopting one. “The bank balance never made us happy and for us it was a burden. When we spend for those who genuinely in need, we get the joy of giving,” says Jalaja.
The couple has been spending Rs 1 lakh every year towards educational assistance to students for several years now. Many underprivileged students have benefitted from this initiative. “We help eight students every year and assistance is released only after ensuring they are genuinely in need,” says the couple.
Courtesy: Times of India