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“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 […]

Conversations with Jayesh Bhai

December 31st, 2011 | No Comments

“Don’t live in fear. If you are walking down a dark path guided by the light of a torch, you will not be able to see the end of the path. But if you just take the next step and let the light of your torch guide you in this way, the path will illuminate […]

Gratitude Walk

December 28th, 2011 | No Comments

As a small way of remembering the passing of Ishwar Kaka, a few volunteers chose to walk from Sughad to Gandhi Ashram on 26th December. Along the way, our intention was to open our hearts and interact with as many people as possible, speaking about sanitation. As we walked on a pleasant winter afternoon, we came across several communities, […]

Random Acts of Cleanliness

December 27th, 2011 | No Comments

  In remembrance of Ishwar kaka, several friends did random acts of cleanliness. Here Netika Raval Shares a beautiful aha moment: On Dec 26th , my sister and I went to a local homeless shelter called “Someone Cares.” Since we were on an enthusiasm high, we reached earlier than we were needed and ended sweeping the parking lot, […]

Abundance flows, Abundance knows!

December 22nd, 2011 | No Comments

“There is enough for everyone’s needs, not for everyone’s greed!”- M K Gandhi. I have been experiencing a divine flow of abundance in my life for the last few days. Whatever my needs are, they seem to effortlessly materialize into my life. Two weeks ago, a very dear friend of mine told me that he has […]

Balloon Smiles

December 21st, 2011 | No Comments

Kalyani, an intern with Vadodara Causes did a beautiful full of smiles act last week. Kalyani is an intern from law faculty of MSU who wanted to do something good for the city. Recently, she went to the different places in Vadodara and gifted balloons to the kids who were on streets. She was so […]

An eve at the Signal!

December 20th, 2011 | No Comments

  ‘Kitne Paise Bhaiya?’ was the line a car owner asked when I was handing him the cd containing the environmental tip on it. I was startled by his question and thought what should I charge him? The next moment I said him – ‘Uncle, Paise nai, Anmol hai. Padhiye kya likha hai, aur usse […]

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