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Last Updated Friday September 29 2017 11:38 PM IST

Stronger than fiction: When realty lost out to a library

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Mulanthuruthy: Kurian Thomas knows how to invest. The farmer could have easily pocketed Rs 25 lakh by selling the four cents of land along the Nadakkavu-Koothattukulam Road close to the Toc-H Junction. He chose to donate it to the local library.

Thomas, a bibliophile himself, was so impressed by the work done by the rural library at Arakkunnam that he parted with the pricey land without a second thought. The library management only had to spend the money needed for the registration of the land.

The library has been functioning out of a rented building. The library has played a key role in fostering reading habits among the students and youngsters in the area, Thomas said.

Thomas has been active in farming ever since he retired as a stock officer with the Apollo Tyres Company.

He has handed over the title deed of the plot of land to library president Jinu George. George’s associates Saneesh Mathew, P T Santosh, Geetha Kurian and A B Abhilash were also present. They have been promised by local MLA Anoop Jacob to construct a library building on the plot donated by Thomas.

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