Ok ! Let’s face it first. This era is dedicated to all the Chai Walas out there in India. One became Prime Minister and keep influencing the entire world and recently a Pakistani chai wala who became a social media sensation for his blue eyes and became a brand model withing 48hours of posting on social media.
But this CUTTACK-ChaiWala from Odisha is really winning the internet and thousands of heart and inspiring millions of others. That’s True!
Recently PM Narendra Modi mentioned about a Cuttack Chaiwala D Prakash Rao in his speech at silver-city! But do what do we know about him?
This Tamil origin chaiwala from Cuttack is having his own visiting card with an email id. And that’s not all, he communicates in more than 11 languages. But being born, raised and domiciled in Cuttack, he speaks Oriya too as fluently as he does Telugu. This is one of his qualities and but probably not the reason for why he’s famous for!
Prakash Rao’s love for knowledge one day drove him to learn as many languages as he could from customers. It was also his love for knowledge that propelled him to start a free school. Here’s the man on the streets of Odisha started a free school with a few children at his residence in the year 2000. Speaking to Anik Basu of TeaBox Prakash Rao said that “The sight of slum children roaming the streets or playing cricket when they ought to be studying disturbed him.
So he started a free school with a few children at his residence in 2000.In the beginning, he bought the books, but then began picking up them for his students under the Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyan – a state-sponsored free education scheme.
One room of his two-room house was given up for the school, the other room accommodated his family of four, including his own two daughters – one of them now in college, the other in Australia a work-study scheme. Word spread, and a few years later a local club offered its premises provided the school was named after it: Aswasana, meaning assurance.
Rao was too happy to accept; he needed space.This year, he says proudly, all students who sat for the secondary exams passed including eight girls.
Parents of girl students complain sometimes, they can work as maids and bring home much-needed money instead of going to school, and it is an issue that Rao has to grapple with at all times.”
TAKE A LOOK AT PRAKASH RAO’s DOCUMENTARY
He was felicitated by the Odisha Human Rights Commission on World Human Rights on December 10th, 2015.