Text: Shobha Warrier | Photograph Courtesy: Ram Krishnan
It was Pongal with a difference for Ram Krishnan, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, who spent it in Vilathikulam, a village in Tamil Nadu.
Vilathikulam in Ramanathapuram district is one of the driest regions in the state. On an average, it receives only nine days of rainfall in a year.
But the parched village has seven million litres of water in three ponds today, thanks to Ram Krishnan's efforts.
His involvement with Vilathikulam started four years ago. Today, the villagers are like his family. In fact, he had invited many of them to the Pan IIT conference in Chennai in December and also arranged rural visits for the alumni, hoping to motivate some of them into working for the betterment of poor Indian villages.
Image: Ram Krishnan in Vilathikulam
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