Mysuru shopkeeper’s generous initiative of donating school books wins hearts of the community

Read the heartwarming story of this shopkeeper who is making a difference by donating school books that he collects from families in the area.

ByChetana Belagere

Published Apr 20, 2023 | 9:00 AMUpdatedApr 20, 2023 | 9:00 AM

This shopkeeper was spotted by a photojournalist based out of Mysuru. (Supplied)

A local shopkeeper from Mysuru’s Hebbal has won the hearts of the community with an act of generosity. The shopkeeper, who owns a grocery shop in Basavanagudi, has been donating school books to anyone who needs them.

This shopkeeper was spotted by a photojournalist based out of Mysuru, who spoke to him about his initiative and even posted about it on social media. However, the shopkeeper — despite several requests — did not want his name or phone number to be shared on social media.

On 18 April, the photojournalist tweeted, “Sending lots of love and gratitude to the kind-hearted shop owner in Mysuru who is donating free school books ahead of school reopening. Your generosity is making a difference in the lives of these students and their families. Thank you for spreading positivity and hope.”

Speaking to South First, photojournalist Ashishkrishna Pendse said, “I was touched by the deed and several people also appreciated this. He was so reluctant to be featured. Didn’t want any publicity for this humble act of his.”

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The initiative’s origin

The shopkeeper’s initiative started when he noticed that many children in the area were unable to afford school books. A believer of “education is the key to a better future”, he wanted to help these children.

He started collecting books from local residents and giving them away to children who need them, for free.

Speaking about his initiative, the shopkeeper told Ashish, “I wanted to do something to help these children. Education is the key to a better future and I believe that everyone deserves the chance to learn and grow. I am glad that I can help in my own small way.”

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Locals appreciate the initiative, donate books generously

The shopkeeper, in his small grocery shop, keeps books of whatever classes he gets — both textbooks and notebooks given by local residents. He displays a board with the name of the class written on it for people to know which books are up for donation that day or week.

Several people in the area have donated their children’s books as soon as they are done with it.

He has now collected a large number of school books and he has been inviting children to come to his shop to choose the books that they need.

He has also been spreading the word about his initiative and many more people have been donating books.

The response to the initiative has been overwhelmingly positive. Many parents in the area have praised him for his generosity and kindness.

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