Meal that lets you aim and achieve
“I plan to pursue my CA and M.Com but my ultimate goal is to be a professor, sharing my knowledge and keeping our heritage alive. Perhaps run my own educational institutions someday.” This is the crystal clear goal of Maruthi B.
Maruthi B’s association with The Akshaya Patra Foundation dates back to 2005, when he was studying at the Government Telugu High School, Shivajinagar. Native of Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), he belongs to agriculture background. Both his parents worked as farmers, but due to failing crops the entire family relocated to Bangalore in search of better prospects.
While his father was involved in the construction business, his mother worked at a garments factory on a second shift from 2p.m – 10p.m. Maruthi recounts, “As my mother used to reach back home late, she would be too tired to wake up early in the morning. Hence, it was difficult for her to cook before I left for school. The provision of food by Akshaya Patra in my school came as a blessing. It used to be my first meal of the day.” Like most other children, Maruthi would often take some food back home to his family. As a child, he was more interested in sports than education.
During his 1st PUC studies, his interests began to change. For him it was certainly a welcome change because academically his percentages began to peak. It was during this time that he was offered a scholarship by Ernst and Young. Since then, he has gone on to pursue his B.Com at Don Bosco College, Bangalore. He was an active participant in all school activities and now helps at “Harmony of Life”, a non-profit organization that deals with spreading communal harmony.
Maruthi believes in spreading knowledge. Presently, he teaches computer basics at ISoft Labs and conducts tuitions for children. It’s evident that he is already engaged in the groundwork of becoming a professor in the near future. He says, “We change with the food we eat. It makes us who we are”. With this he thanks Akshaya Patra for the person he has become today.