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Tamil Nadu’s viral “Idli Amma” will soon have a house to call her own

"Idli Amma" went viral two years ago for cooking and selling idlis for just one rupee each.

The Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra, recently took to Twitter to share that Tamil Nadu’s famous “Idli Amma” will soon have her own house. The woman went viral two years ago for cooking and selling idlis for just one rupee each.

Anand Mahindra had tweeted two years ago, saying he wished to ‘invest’ in the business being run by Kamalathal, later endearingly called “Idli Amma”. The woman wakes up before dawn to cook her Re 1 idlis, along with sambhar and chutney. In 2019, Anand Mahindra tweeted an offer to replace her wood-burning stove with an LPG connection.

After the industrialist’s tweet brought viral attention to the grandmother, Bharat Gas Coimbatore gifted her an LPG connection. “This is superb. Thank you Bharat Gas Coimbatore for giving this gift of health to Kamalathal.  As I have already stated, I am happy to support her continuing costs of using LPG,” Anand Mahindra had tweeted back then.

Anand Mahindra has now shared an update on the news, saying that the Mahindra Group had understood from Kamalathal herself how best to ‘invest’ in her business. The Mahindra Group is working to register land in her name, where she can have a house of her own to cool and sell idlis.

The construction of her house will soon be started by  Mahindra Lifespaces, the real estate and infrastructure development arm of the Mahindra Group.

“Grateful to the Registration Office at Thondamuthur for helping us achieve our 1st milestone by speedily registering the land,” tweeted Anand Mahindra, thanking Bharat Gas Coimbatore for providing Kamalathal with a continued supply of LPG.

Taking to Twitter, thousands of people appreciated the gesture.

Idli Amma’s hard work is worthy of appreciation, and so is Anand Mahindra’s gesture to help her by constructing a house she can finally call her very own.

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