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Beating all odds, these Kerala tea shop owners provide free meals to underprivileged visitors every day

OA Nazar, 56, runs a little tea shop on Ashoka Road in Kerala’s Kaloor. He runs the shop along with his brother OA Shamsudheen, and the two of them have been providing free meals for 10 underprivileged visitors daily for the past few months. 

The duo’s hotel is open from 6 AM to 3 PM. “Our sponsors provide us the money a week in advance. Even if we didn’t get a sponsor to support us on a particular day, we will do it on our own. We never considered it as an additional burden. Even after meeting daily expenses, we manage to give away free lunches. Now, many people are coming forward to support us,” The New Indian Express quoted Nazar as saying.

The restaurant has been running since 1984, before which Nazar’s father owned a small stationery shop. As most of the revenue was used to help the needy, his shop faced a major loss. 

After he died, his sons made sure that they did not stop giving back to the community.

“We started this restaurant after our father passed away. Even now, it is the path he showed that we are following,” Nazar said.

A meal would cost you Rs 40. “Earlier, it was `35. After the pandemic, we were forced to hike the prices a little. But even then, we ensure it is affordable,” Nazar said.

The duo also supports bed-ridden patients in the city for their treatment. They have managed everything despite some misfortunes, including Shamsudheen contracting the coronavirus infection.

“The restaurant and blessings of those who have helped got us through all of it,” said Nazar.

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