forgiveness michchhami dukkadam

Wonderful surprise seeing so many of our non-Jain friends celebrating Forgiveness Day by sharing this powerful phrase – “Michchhami Dukkadam.” It leads me to wonder how many actually understand the meaning behind this catchphrase. This question is what prompted me […]

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Lalitha & Mahaveerchand Bhandari

What does it take to keep a joint family together? Is it easy to create a sense of space as well as togetherness? How does one foster interdependence as well as dependability among the family members? Is it about sacrifice? […]

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Santhara Sallekhana

My Badi Ma – my father’s elder brother’s wife – passed away in Santhara at the age of 87. There is no greater way to depart from this world. As Jains, we are taught to celebrate the arrival of death […]

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Jaina Guru Praveen Rishi Chennai

When a friend sent me a photo of Gurudev, I felt choked with emotion. The subject of the email “His Holiness with his ‘samsaari’ mother and sister” stirred something deep within me.   Looking at Gurudev, it is hard to […]

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Composting Khamba

Organic and eco-friendly may be the buzzwords today, but the key role in organic farming and eco-friendly environment, is played by none other than the humble compost!   Now if you think composting is messy and smelly, I have news […]

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Organic wheat kheer

Prepared with organic wheat which Deepak Jatkar grows in his own farm, here is a healthy and delicious Indian mithai. As he said in his interview on organic farming, “Gehun ki kheer or wheat kheer is a sweet dish. We […]

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Organic farming Interview

There are some who believe in re-inventing themselves whatever the stage of life. Commerce graduate-turned-farmer in his retirement period, Deepak Jatkar (61) is one of them. Attending to the organic farm in his hometown Jath, he has taken his passion […]

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Magnificient sundae

Constant innovation is the mantra of Vinod Midha and his lovely wife Seema; a silver couple in Chennai. This magnificient Sundae, perfected by them over the years, has several interesting variations with an array of fruits, colourful crushes and edible […]

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Foodie at heart

‘Everything with a twist’ is the mantra with which Vinod Midha enjoys cooking as well as eating. No dish is ever cooked the same way, even dal and sabzi are cooked with a twist- if not the ingredients, then the […]

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baked brinjal

Meeting Randhir Kashyap, a silver from Gurgaon, was zooming into art and aesthetics which permeates every sphere of his work. When I asked him what makes his work special, he astutely stated, “I think I have a gift for colour. […]

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