November 2020: Tamil Nadu hairdresser who runs a library in the same location falls on Prime Minister's radar
His salon at Millerpuram became the talk of the town since November last when he started offering discounts to customers who spent their waiting time reading a book from his library.
When the Doordarshan staff invited him to the studio to speak on a ‘radio program,’ on Thursday, Mariappan did not know that the said program was PM Modi’s Manathin Kural (Mann ki Baat) radio programme.
His heart swelled with happiness when the PM lauded his efforts to inculcate reading habit among people. “I feel encouraged and rejuvenated after speaking to him,” said Mariappan.
When Modi asked him the inspiration behind setting a library inside his shop, Mariappan said how poverty made him drop out of school and how he regretted it. He also expressed his love for Thirukkural, his favourite book.
his library consist of 1500 books
Source news "times of india"'