Programming Note: CNN Heroes received more than ten thousand nominations from 100 countries. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year. Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year continues through November 18th (6am ET) at CNNHeroes.com
Editor's Note: Narayanan Krishnan brings hot meals and dignity to India’s homeless and destitute – 365 days per year – through his nonprofit Akshaya Trust. Since 2002, he has served more than 1.2 million meals.
It was around 7.15 P.M. when I got a call from CNN that I had been selected as a Top 10 CNN Hero. I had just finished the evening food distribution.
I am flying, I’m thrilled. You are giving me the biggest gift in this world.
Getting nominated itself is big recognition. All the CNN Heroes… are doing a phenomenal job. Short listing from this elite panel of judges definitely makes me feel happy.
This exposure will make Akshaya Trust more visible globally. Recognition from a trustworthy media source like CNN adds to our credibility. The work done for over 8 years in one corner of the globe will now reach millions of people in different parts of the world. At the same time, this puts greater responsibility and accountability on us….We have to maintain our standards to be worthy of the recognition.
Human suffering is happening all the time, all over the world. Everyone has their own moments of happiness and suffering– the wheel keeps moving all the time. If we understand this… we will become softer in our attitude towards the less fortunate and extend a helping hand.
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