Ajay Munot decided to take a different approach when it came time for the traditional father-of-the-bride wedding gift. The good samaritan instead chose to build 90 homes for those less fortunate rather than spend a bundle on his daughter’s big day.
Apparently, Munot was expected to cover the matrimonial costs, estimated to total around $100,000. Realizing the hefty sum could be better spent elsewhere, the wheat and cloth trader allocated the funds towards a housing colony for the homeless.
After construction was completed, the humble and generous father was able to finance a total of 90 modest sized homes. While it may not sound like much by first world standards, the houses were built with electric lighting, two windows and double doors. The fully painted structures included everything an Indian family could possibly need.
Creating a list of three ‘must haves’ of an applicant, Munot guaranteed his homes were awarded to the most desperate families. They simply had to come from a ‘slum’ (what the rest of the world might call a ‘project’ or the ‘ghetto’), they must not have a history with addiction, and must meet poverty levels.
The generosity didn’t stop there. The wealthy businessman made sure the residents were provided clean drinking water, a luxury to most of the country’s impoverished citizens. Luckily, Munot’s daughter Shreya, is on aboard with the decision as well.
“I am very happy with the decision and will consider it my marriage gift,” Shreya said as she passed out the new keys after her wedding ceremony.
When asked why he’d done such a noble and generous good deed, the Indian businessman had the perfect response.
“We have responsibilities towards our society and we tried to comply with it,” Munot explained. “This is the new chapter in history and I hope that the same concept will be followed by other rich communities.”