| Kochi |
Published: August 1, 2020 7:11:22 pm
TN Krishnakumar, a longtime Malayali expatriate based mostly in Dubai, sponsored the flight tickets of 61 stranded Malayalis from UAE to Kerala amid the Covid-19 pandemic to honour the reminiscence of his late son who died in a automobile accident final 12 months.
“These are individuals in a variety of ache. Most of them belong to the blue-collar workforce and have misplaced their jobs with no monetary energy to return residence. I needed them to go residence and be with their family members,” stated Krishnakumar over a telephone name from Dubai the place he’s been based mostly for the final 32 years.
An electrical engineering graduate from the College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram in 1988, Krishnakumar has been an energetic member of the All Kerala College Alumni Front (AKCAF), a volunteer group based in UAE consisting of alumni from 85 science and humanities schools in Kerala.
The 53-year-old has been on the coronary heart of AKCAF’s volunteering efforts; distributing meals kits throughout Iftar in labour camps, dispatching volunteers and support when Kerala was within the throes of the century’s largest deluge in 2018 to discovering quarantine centres for asymptomatic individuals within the UAE throughout the ongoing Covid-19 battle.
And so, when the topic of chartering flights to repatriate financially-weak Malayalis got here up, Krishnakumar stepped up. He initially took care of tickets for six individuals on separate flights. And then, when AKCAF determined to constitution a full flight for 191 passengers, he agreed to sponsor tickets for 55 of them, spending practically Rs 14 lakh on the tickets. On July 25, a FlyDubai flight carrying the 191 passengers took off from Dubai, safely touchdown in Kochi a number of hours later.
Krishnakumar, who’s employed with a company agency as a gross sales and advertising director, calls his contributions part of “collective effort”.
“It was a collective effort. Everyone contributed in their very own approach. The individuals who flew residence that day had been largely those that had misplaced their jobs and who had medical emergencies. Whatever you say, Kerala is residence for all of us they usually should go residence.”
Krishnakumar ascribes his readiness to be within the service of others throughout crises like this to the best way he was raised by his mother and father again residence. During his engineering days, he recalled visiting tribal hamlets in Kerala, constructing homes for the native communities and cleansing ponds.
He ensured that these qualities had been replicated in each of his sons. For their birthdays in Kerala, they’d typically go to orphanages, present meals and eat with the inmates there. “I’ve at all times taught them that cash shouldn’t be the whole lot. Value for human life ought to at all times be there.”
On Christmas final 12 months, his world was jolted when his youthful son Rohit (19) was killed in a automobile accident inside half-a-kilometer of their residence in Dubai. Rohit, a third-year medical pupil, had stepped out together with his pal Sharat who had arrived a day earlier than from the US.
Just as they had been reaching residence, the automobile through which they had been travelling spun uncontrolled and crashed right into a tree. Sharat, who was driving, was reportedly jet-lagged. Both of them died immediately.
“It shattered me. It retains coming again,” stated Krishnakumar, whose elder son is pursuing post-graduation in public well being at a college within the UK.
The expat is now devoted to a number of causes pursued by his faculty alumni communities together with sponsoring the training of vibrant youngsters learning in Kerala’s authorities colleges.
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