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April 12, 2009

Friends,in Β one of my previous post I have said about the NGO Payir organisation, Right?? Last Friday I had visited the village Thenur and also met Mr.G.Senthil Kumar, who is running the NGO. It’s been a very long time since I have visited a new village. And on Friday, I have seen the true India. People were relaxed, discussing about the elections while sipping tea in tea shop and care-free. I thought it will take a long time to reach the village but I have reached in 2 hours from Ariyalur near trichy. The roads are somewhat well laid which can sustain the traffic of that villages.


And in Thenur, there is nothing called road. All we have is paths in between the home and crop fields. But its nice as I am seeing them after a very long time. There are paddy fields, Sunflowers, Plaintains, lemon trees and sesame plants. While walking I have asked a village guy where is payir? He said you have to go straight. Then I have asked what is the name of the plant which is beside that path? He said ‘Ellu'(Sesame). As I have said thanks and started to take few steps, the girl with him asked to him, “They not even knowing this”. He replied, “All they know is computers”. Awwww… they don’t know that I am bad on them too πŸ™‚


After reaching there, I have been greeted by Mr.Habeeb,Mr. Sundar and other guy (forgot the name). As I said that I came to see them, they asked how I come to know about this? Then I have said about the magazine in which I have read about them and also the mail I have got about Mr.Senthil. The room which I have first entered has lot of computers (modren ones). Mr.Habeeb, Mr.Sundar and two others were working as software developers. After a short chat, Mr.Habeeb has took me to get a look of what’s really happening. Here is the summarised thing on our discussion:

  1. This NGO was situated in a 7-acre land and each and every part of this land is used for one or other purpose.
  2. As Mr.Senthil Kumar was an mechanical engineer, he himself designed the building structure. With high roofs, they look like huts. It is designed in such a way that the heat won’t be felt much. Another interesting thing is the bricks to construct those rooms are being produed there itself with the available sand.
  3. It has a hospital, a room for computers, a school and another room in construction.
  4. They have planted coconut trees, amla, groundnuts, sesame and paddy crops. And more interestingly, they are doing organic farming and no artificial minerals are used. And he was trying hard to convince the farmers to support organic farming by explaining the benefits of it.
  5. A software development project was going on and Mr.Habeeb, Mr.Sundar and 2 others were working in it. A live project based on VB .NET for a company in US. Even software companies were trying hard to get a project. Then you can imagine how hard Mr.Senthil and his friends would have tried to get one. The idea behind this is, giving exposure to the students in the village on how to work in a live software project. He also gives full responsibility to the persons working in the project and never interferes in it expect they asks some clarifications.
  6. Mr.Senthil Kumar lives there only. I didn’t expected that. Even I didn’t thought that I will be able to meet him. His home is also like computer rooms, the only difference is the roof is made of coconut tree leaves.


When I reached there, Mr.Senthil Kumar was busy with accounting works as the financial year draws to an end. As the clock neared 6, I had the chance to spoke with him. He is very active and as he walking, I have to run to match his speed. He is all enthusaism querying about how I came to know about payir, from where I am coming from, what I am doing, What are my interests, etc. I have replied and also one thing that he has said is, “If you decide to volunteer and if you want to spend a 4 or 8 hours for the cause, then Β stand by it. It’s nothing to do with money. All it’s there in commiting yourself to the work and your will”. True words. Then we discussed about the subsidies being received by the software companies and industries Β and the way farmers are being ignored. Then we also discussed about the trees. He has planted a different kind of plant which is from Australia, the seeds of which helps in producing bio-gas. We also tasted the fruit from that tree. It’s like Naval fruit. And he also collected the seeds check what can be done out of it.



He asked me to stay there. As I have already booked the ticket for that night I had to leave. By 6:30 I had left from there as the last bus to Trichy is at that time. While returning I had a good long chat with Mr.Sundar who accompanied me. He has said waht are the difficulties being faced by Mr.Senthil and how he was helping others there. Mr.Sundar also kind enough to invite me to his home and I had a cup of coffee there. It’s a nice meeting with them and what I have learned is funding and volunteering are the problems. If you are able to, do visit the village and also you can make donations. You can be assured that your money is being spent for good cause.


In front of that Australian Plant.. From left: Mr.Sundar, Mr.Habeeb, dono his name :(, Mr. Pachaimuthu, Mr.Senthil Kumar.

Check out the payir site when you have time.

Note: He was one of the 40 youngsters being listed by India today as Spirit of India and rightly so.

β€œWhat we lackatall levels is clear leadership which makes sure that the benefits of democracy reach the common man.”

The whole of Thennur, a small village near Trichy, calls him Enga Ooru Shivaji (Shivaji of the village), after the megahit superstar Rajinikanth starrer Shivaji-The Boss.

In the movie Rajinikanth plays a reformist who returns to India after earning a fortune in the US. Similarly, Senthilkumar, who worked as a software engineer in Detroit, US, at a salary of Rs 4 lakh per month till four years ago, came back to Tamil Nadu to do social service. Thanks to him, Thennur today has an eight-bed hospital, a school and a computer centre.

Senthilkumar has formed a trust called Payir (literally meaning crop), which seeks to remove communal differences between people. To achieve this, he believes, it is essential to equip villagers economically and fulfil their basic needsβ€”healthcare, education, employment and bridging the IT divide. Now he aspires to kick-start such reforms at the national level. β€œI want to get involved in the development of village communities all over India, especially in the Northeast,” he says. While he invested Rs 30 lakh himself, his friends have been contributing to Payir. Till now he has spent Rs 40 lakh and continues to mobilise funds for expansion of his activities.

Mantra for success: There are enough existing and workable ideas on development.What is needed now is action.

42 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2009 4:34 pm

    hey good work.. this is so great, this is the first time i came to know about this organization. and they are doing a great job. i really liked the last line ‘the Mantra for succes’.

    good work to visit such a place and spread the word in the blogospehere too.. πŸ™‚

    • April 13, 2009 1:48 am

      Thanks Oorja πŸ™‚
      they are doing.. and he loves to spread this too as many villages as possible… with the will he has he will achieve it πŸ™‚

  2. April 13, 2009 12:09 am

    Wah!!! that must have been an awesome experience dude…. loved the message of payir and the work that they are doing…..

    a big thanks for letting us know about “enga ooru Shivaji”….:) and kudos to you for going on that trip…

    • April 13, 2009 1:49 am

      Thanks Ajit.. As a part of my good one series I have to post.. there is something going on which brings hope to us πŸ™‚

  3. April 13, 2009 12:27 am

    u finally did it! congrats..i’m sure u must be so happy!
    thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of inspiration πŸ™‚
    yeah yeah…we need action now !

    • April 13, 2009 1:51 am

      Thanks Vinnie πŸ™‚
      yes I am really happy to meet such wonderful person πŸ™‚
      just go thru their site to know more about them..

  4. April 13, 2009 2:30 am

    Brilliant work! Thanks for this post! πŸ™‚ I’ll surely check out their site.

  5. Indian Homemaker permalink
    April 13, 2009 5:07 am

    Kanagu this is what our media should publicise on front pages instead of political gimmicks (can easily so to Page 3). It as heart warming to read of something like this being carried on by someone who gave up a lucrative job to do this. Hats off !!

    Tiloniya village in Rajasthan is doing something like this too.

    Thanks for this uplifting post πŸ™‚

    • April 14, 2009 4:48 pm

      Yes IHM… but sadly they are in boxes or else been left out.. I am not at all able to see such news some days… all they want is circulation and TRP ratings.. who bothered about what people requires 😦

      Tiloniya.. thanks for the info IHM.. I will check πŸ™‚

  6. April 13, 2009 7:44 am

    Very inspiring machi… I guess we can do it in the near future…will keep u in the link…

    • April 14, 2009 4:49 pm

      Thanks Machi.. I am really happy to be a part of your team πŸ™‚

  7. April 13, 2009 12:52 pm

    Good good… nice that you brought out these things…. !!

    I just loved the pic with the sunflowers btw !! lovely !!

    facts like these need more attention !

  8. Chirag Chamoli permalink
    April 13, 2009 3:10 pm

    Kangu this is what is wrong with Indian Media, people like G. Senthilkumar should be on the front page and get sup[port they need not the likes of hollow Movies morons.

    • April 14, 2009 4:52 pm

      yes Chirag.. all we have death and political gimmicks at the front page which make the people to lose hope 😦

      • Chirag Chamoli permalink
        April 15, 2009 2:01 pm

        Kangu, sorry to say this but most people enjoy that and that is why it is there 😦

        • April 15, 2009 8:32 pm

          yes I know… a killer will get a more attention than a life saver.. people will come to know only when they are saved πŸ™‚

  9. April 13, 2009 3:43 pm

    It is good to see Bloggers doing such good work. Will check out the site soon, and thanks for bringing the info to us.

    Destination Infinity

  10. April 13, 2009 4:36 pm

    Awesome Kanagu!!Its been so amazing to read this post! So many of us write and yet such few actually follow through!hats off for going there and finding out more about the project..Let me repeat again awesome!

    and hats off to Senthil Kumar for being such an inspiration!
    I liked this part the best!the fact that not only is he doing something to make their prospects better but that he is also trying to remove communal differences while he is at it..

    Thank you for this uplifting post Kanagu and for going there and taking these pictures πŸ™‚

    • April 14, 2009 4:55 pm

      Yes.. he is doing lot of things.. like providing medical facilities, helping in developing the infrastructure of the govt. schools and lot others which will make the village into a developed one.. πŸ™‚

      And I am happy to hear those words from you Indyeah.. Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. April 14, 2009 2:31 am

    Those pics remind me of my village … How dearly I want to visit my village but am unable to .. 😦 … Tight schedule …..

    • April 14, 2009 4:56 pm

      oh.. visit them soon.. you are living in a mirage now πŸ˜‰

  12. April 14, 2009 10:56 am

    Thanks kanagu for bringing kind work of senthil to our notice..Hats off to him…there must be lot others working in rural area for upliftment of society..yet unnoticed by us….As other said..wish our media could also pay attention to this work and inspire other youth to come forward for good cause..

    • April 14, 2009 4:59 pm

      Yes Rashmi.. these things must be at the front page..
      it will inspire many πŸ™‚

  13. April 14, 2009 2:59 pm

    Kudos to Senthil Kumar! what some of us talk about, he is actually showing us by doing it. Thanks for this informative post.

    BTW Kanagu, the mood meter button you have chosen is a female version. There is one for guys too.

    • April 14, 2009 5:04 pm

      yes… he is doing it.. as he has said in his mantra for success all we require now is action πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the info Solilo… I am a bit impatient when it comes searching.. will search it and put that up here πŸ™‚

  14. April 15, 2009 1:19 am

    Now that was a heart-warmer. Pity our media does not highlight all this! Ludicrous…

    Puththaandu nal vazhthukkal, my friend.

    Peace. Take care. Be well.

    • April 15, 2009 8:28 pm

      Mikka Nandri Kartz.. ungalukkum enadhu vazhthukkal πŸ™‚

  15. April 15, 2009 2:31 am

    Kanagu, Puthandu Vazhtukal!

  16. April 15, 2009 2:59 am

    Thanks for sharing this information Kanagu. With all due permission, I am going to publicise this among my circle through your blog. It was really great of you to go all the way there to know more about it. Yet to go through the website myself. Once again, good post. Keep writing !

    • April 15, 2009 8:31 pm

      No permissions and all Bro.. all I need is the spread of word. If possible post this in your blog.. so that we can reach different set of people.. Everybody must know something is happening, which is different too.. πŸ™‚

      and thanks Vimal πŸ™‚

  17. April 15, 2009 11:49 am

    pictures awesome, especially the sun flower….

  18. April 15, 2009 8:37 pm

    Kanagu – That was amazing!!! I am so impressed! Senthil Kumar seems to be an extraordinary person! It is really heart warming to read about such stories of upliftment.. Thanks so much for sharing.. I am amazed to see how much a single person’s dedication has changed people’s lives.. These are the silent heroes who we need to support. Do keep writing on such issues!

    By the way, the pics are really nice! Very nice – totally brought out the feel of the place..

  19. April 15, 2009 8:57 pm

    Yes di.. he is really an extraordinary and amazing person.. he is trying hard with optimism.. I like to write about them.. let me do my part πŸ™‚

    Thanks Smitha.. I should have took more pics πŸ™‚

  20. April 17, 2009 1:39 am

    People like him are the true hope for India. When I read such stories, my heart fills with hope and gives me more reason for doing something using my own means.

  21. April 18, 2009 2:52 am

    yes Amit.. please do.. that may inspire many πŸ™‚

  22. April 30, 2009 3:15 pm

    the articles were gud once referm my blog & leave a comment

  23. November 6, 2009 1:54 pm

    Truly inspirational … no words to express .. thanks for bringing this information on blog .. & getting me know thro’ Google … rgds, Mahesh

    kanagu: Welcome here Mahesh.. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your valuable comments and hope you got enough information about them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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