Savouring empathy: Chennai’s youths champion compassionate listening through ‘murukku’ and conversations

The Table and Stools initiative in Chennai has been weaving connections and fostering a listening revolution within the city.

BySarika Sasikumar

Published Sep 02, 2023 | 11:00 AMUpdated Sep 02, 2023 | 11:00 AM

Motivated by the mission to reignite sincere listening in today’s fast-paced world, Chennai-based young professionals Damodharan K and Jino J Ampakkadu utilise the beloved South Indian snack, murukku, as a clever icebreaker for sparking candid conversations.

Their brainchild, the Table and Stools initiative, unfolds every Sunday amid the scenic backdrop of Anna Nagar Tower Park in Chennai.

Through shared snacks and stories, they weave connections that bridge divides and foster a compassionate listening revolution within the city.

South First discovers what drives them to rise at 4.30 am every Sunday and the diverse individuals they encounter on this remarkable journey.

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