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Five Questions: Ashok Purohit, 56, owner of PK’s Pantry, Chicago Ridge

Ashok Purohit 56 owner PK's Pantry Chicago Ridge

Ashok Purohit, 56, owner of PK's Pantry in Chicago Ridge

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What is your hobby?

“Helping the people. If they don’t have enough money, if they need school supplies or medicine ... that’s the way God made my heart. I can’t tell anybody ‘no.’ We (Hindus) believe in karma and eventually it will come back in my lifetime.”

What do you like about Chicago Ridge?

“I like all the people who have been in touch with me here (at the store) for 15 years. Some have even helped me by loaning me money. Everybody has a nice heart in this town.”

What’s the last movie you saw?

“That one Christmas movie about the tall man giving away the money, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ I sit down to watch it, I’m crying and laughing and smiling. I enjoy that movie because that’s what the world needs, a little help. It’s a good message for everybody.”

What would you do if you were mayor for a day?

“I’d gather all the village employees and I’d ask them for ideas on how to help the community. Good deeds. I would not take any pay that day, not a single penny.”

Which person from history do you want to meet?

“Mahatma Gandhi. He’s a man of the peace. He won the war without violence. He got his country freedom. He’s like Martin Luther King. He’s a man of love. I’ve heard so much about him. I’ve seen the movie ‘Gandhi’ so many times. I have nothing to ask him. I would just follow him.”

Steve Metsch



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