Browsing all posts from January, 2012.

Alakhno Rotlo- Universal Bread

January 27th, 2012 | 1 Comment

A few months ago, a few close friends Jigneshuncle and Bina aunty, had the desire to serve food to our 500 kids at Aashramshala, Vinay Mandir(residential schools) and PTC college( teacher’s training college). We learnt about their selfless spirit of giving while interacting with them. They believed, “Everyone deserves a loaf of bread” and since […]

Anandwan

January 27th, 2012 | No Comments

All things small and beautiful

January 25th, 2012 | No Comments

It was inspiring to go through the photo gallery of a dear friend Chris who is currently serving in Kenya, after spending a year in a leper community in Ahmedabad. I saw little children in an HIV afflicted community in Nairobi wearing little smile pins and paper flowers with words like Truth, Love and Compassion written on them.These […]

Anyone can be gentle. Anyone can give service. Anything can be service.

January 17th, 2012 | No Comments

A day at the Houston Food Bank community kitchen! My special experience with Anand (my brother) over the holiday in loving memory of Ishwar Kaka. We worked for over three and a half hours and packaged over 1100 warm meals for the elderly, veterans, and young children Anand and his friend Scott who came with us, both […]

Nikunj – The Bird Lover

January 16th, 2012 | No Comments

We met Nikunj during one of our trainings. This young not so shy boy struggling to give an introduction was practicing for a presentation we had asked the students to make. During this preparation he told me sir; I want to be able to make good presentations quickly so I can tell people where I […]

“I love cleaning cars”

January 13th, 2012 | No Comments

“I love cleaning cars” At 2 in the afternoon – on a wednesday, while people in Ahmedabad are taking it easy, shops shut for the owners afternoon nap, my friends Neerad and Sheetal spot a 20 something year old boy smiling and singing away in his own world, while sparkling his owners car “The reason […]

Sabras: Be A Ladder

January 12th, 2012 | No Comments

During the weekend of New Year’s Eve, a group of people with diverse backgrounds, ages ranging from 8 months to 87 years, shared a magical weekend together.  Before piling into four cars, they sat together in prayer, encircling a rose pink package filled with tiny sachets of salt, or ‘Sabras’. The meaning of this package […]

A leap of faith at Seva Cafe.

January 10th, 2012 | 16 Comments

Volunteering at a Gift-economy restaurant can be challenging at times. Initially when my wife Lahar and I decided to co-ordinate Seva Cafe, I immediately sat down to get a handle on the numbers. An excel sheet was created with figures on variable costs, fixed costs and a break-even. We eventually came up with an average […]

When the Yatris came to Sabarmati Ashram

January 8th, 2012 | 5 Comments

We looked at each other in slight disbelief. Did they say ‘450 people’? A month ago, we received an email from Jagriti Yatra, a team that organizes a 15 day journey for budding social entrepreneurs from 26 Indian states and 23 countries across the world. The pilgrimage takes them across 9000km and 15 locations all […]