Mahadevan Street, West Mambalam, Chennai (1984)

Kalyanamalai Mohan

“Venkatesan, please come quickly, the boy upstairs has slipped down …”

“Thanks to Venkatesan the water problem in Madras is not affecting us …”

“Labor pain has started for our neighbor Latha… we’ve to take her to the hospital… please call Venkatesan…”

Ramasamy Street, T. Nagar, Chennai (2011)

“We had processed more than 50 ‘varans’, but nothing happened. Now, we’ve got a very suitable alliance with your great help … we would never forget you Mr. Mohan, thanks a lot …”

Kalyanamalai Mohan

“Whoever goes to Mohan, aka Venkatesan, doesn’t return empty-handed. Mohan is so generous that he would oblige the person who comes to him seeking just a single favor, with a rainbow of offers! The sobriquet ‘Kalyanamalai’ adorns him the best as he is sure to help find the right alliance that the ‘varan’ may be adorned by a ‘kalyanamalai’! He is the ‘Morning star’ to those who come to him with dreamy eyes that speak of their mighty expectations of a happy marriage.”

White dress … ever-green smile … this is Mohan … He receives us after paying obeisance to the Vinayaka statue that is installed at the entrance. “Shall we start?” Mohan asks us with his friendly demeanor.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q: Is it the man or the woman who is hurt more by marriage?

A: Till ten years back, it had invariably been the woman who was the most affected by marriage, the reason being male domination. Circumstances compelled the woman to marry the man not of her choice but that of the elders. But today, the scenario is quite different, it is just the reverse. Today, it is the man who is more affected by marriage. Women are particular that men should earn not less than Rs. 50, 000 per month. They prefer men without parents and in the case of their parents being alive, the women expect them to live on their own and have a separate establishment; they don’t approve of a joint family. On these grounds many eligible bachelors are rejected at the initial stage itself. And, if women are compelled to marry men with liabilities due to pressure from their family members, they compel their husband to make money through dubious and illegal ways. Their greed blinds them and they take recourse to more and more destructive ways. Women should change their attitude, they should realize that it is the God’s will and it is He who decides our life and fortune.

Q: A poor but cultured, a wealthy but uncultured … between the two, whom you would prefer …?

Kalyanamalai Mohan

A: I always respect only those who are cultured. Of course, there’s place also for the rich who are not cultured, but they’ve a place in my brain only, not in my heart. But these people should remain in my memory because whenever poor people require help, I can utilize my friendship with these uncultured wealthy people in helping the poor. You might wonder whether it is a right thing to follow. I would say, “Certainly there’s nothing wrong in it”! When we are able to support heartless and dishonest politicians, what is wrong in remaining friends with uncultured rich people?

Q: you please share with us an incident that melts you even today when recalled?

A: A death that happened in my own hands … I was only five years old at that time. I was holding my nine-month old younger brother. He was suffering from cold and cough. My mother left him in my hands to prepare poultice for applying on his head. She had just left; the child in my hands died an instant death due to suffocation caused by excess phlegm. I’ve lost him, he has gone under the earth but he still lives with me in my memory.

Q: Please tell us how to live a happy life?

A: Always try to be nice. Don’t evaluate things on the basis of money. Do not hide anything in your relationship with those whom you really love and whose relationship you value. Give importance to the person as a human being, give importance to his mind. Life is there to enjoy and relish … please understand, peace of mind and happiness will come to you on their own!

History of ‘Kalyanamalai’


“‘Kalyanamalai’, founded in the year 2000, has thus far initiated 1, 34, 000 marriages. We felt that our responsibility didn’t end with just helping the ‘varans’ find their life-partner but that we should also ensure that the marriages prove happy, harmonious and successful. And, ‘Light Foundation’ was born out of this sense of responsibility,” Mohan asserts.

 
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