Monegar Choultry is an example of all things and people left behind by the society and their loved ones. Set in the rather rapidly changing city like Chennai, life at the choultry is slower and calmer. Built on the land donated by the Rajah of Venkatagiri, the choultry houses 51 elderly men and woman and makes sure that they are getting their three meals a day.
Broken, Washed down and rustic, the choultry sets a perfect example for everything outdated; hand pumps for water and age old lighting systems. The only latest technology that is available in the choultry is the RO system for the purification of drinking water.
The choultry is mainly a one storied housing area, divided into separate blocks for men and women. As we entered the housing blocks, the introduction of new faces started a commotion. Spirits of the elderly were lifted, it was as if life was poured into an otherwise dull and a deadbeat place. Each block housed around 10-15 people, everyone was allotted a cot and a blanket. A small television set was placed in each block for entertainment purposes. A shabbily grown garden adorned the center of the housing block for the elderly to take a stroll.
Time really had tested the endurance of the choultry, which is clearly visible from the broken roofs and leaking walls. Especially with the case of the kitchen, a small room just about enough to fit in three gas burners and some utensils to cook food. With cracks in the walls there is always the danger of being bit by snakes or the dripping roofs and walls spoiling the food. Although crucial for the members of the choultry, the kitchen is in poor condition, without the surety of surviving a harsh rainfall.
Waste is randomly disposed in many places as there is a shortage of disposal systems, two government garbage bins are placed near the main gate, which are not placed practically. They are placed away from the housing block rendering its usability.
Even after being riddled with numerous problems, the inmates at the choultry carry on with their lives being grateful for 3 time meals that they get every day. It’s heartbreaking to see the elderly restricted within the confines of that 6 feet cot and the philanthropy of others. After working day and night for the bright future of their children, they are living a life they do not deserve.
Parents are truly miraculous, a mother never truly feels the burden of carrying a baby for 9 months. A father never fails to hold his child’s finger and teach them how to walk with their heads held high. But after all that and raising their children for years together, when it’s the child’s turn to take care, suddenly parents become a burden and they are left in old age homes.
Funds are being raised to build a decent rooftop to provide good cooking facilities. split up goes like:
1. Shifting the kitchen materials
2.Make the temporary kitchen
3. Make a new water and Gas connection
4.Remove the old tiles from the roof and furniture also
7.Metal roof sheet 20 Fits 16 Nos
8.15mm *15mm square pipe 20fits 20Nos
Work period minimum 5days
additional information :
1 roof is 4k
Pipe is 700-800
Labour charges 600per person per day