Amar and Rani Kalamkar is a couple who firmly believes in the power of books. They wanted to make their wedding ceremony stand out so they made an unusual request at their wedding which made them the stars of the nation. They requested their guests to gift them a book each for competitive exams instead of bouquets, expensive cutlery or jewellery.
They made the request out of their own past experiences and decided to make their wedding the perfect spot to collect books!
Amar has been an active social worker for 15 years now and runs an NGO called Yuva Chetna. His long dream of opening a library for needy children who want to appear for competitive exams has finally taking shape after the couple collected 3000 books.
Rani, who is a professor of Economics at a university in Pune agreed with Amar’s idea of intertwining social work with their wedding ceremony.
“A lot of people in rural Maharashtra neither have the means to afford the books nor the resources to locate them otherwise,” shared Amar.
“We didn’t send out printed wedding invites; we just forwarded the invitation to our friends on WhatsApp,” Amar said. “Somehow that got circulated, and people we didn’t know also came forward with books. They found our request unique but substantial, and wanted to contribute,” he added.
The couple is on their way to set up a library in Ahmednagar where underprivileged kids or those who don’t have access to academic resources can come to the library and study. The library is all set to open by the end of this month, and interested students are already contacting them with inquiries!
Being a nation who finds pleasure in gifting expensive gifts (mostly of no use) have to take inspiration from deeds like this. Without any doubt Amar and Rani has done a major support for the underprivileged ones. In a country where thousands of marriages happening per day have a bright future if they take inspiration from this power couple.
Lets this be a start to the great movement yet to happen in India.