About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... of noble friends

A good day to me is when ... when I have passed on smiles around me

My hero in life is ...Ramana Maharishi, Vinoba, Desmond Tutu

My favorite book is ...'The Prophet' by Khalil Gibran

One thing I'm grateful for is ... The knowing that I am always abundant

Summary From Awakin Talks With Mekin Maheshwari

Jul 29, 2021, 5 smiles Last Sunday we had the opportunity of hosting Awakin Talks with Mekin Maheshwari in conversation with Nipun Mehta & Swara Pandya. Below is a brief summary of the call. Bowing down to Arun dada in a business retreat. I was so deeply inspired by not his thoughts but also his actions. The simplicity of his answers lot of us put out with convoluted minds and hearts, dishing out questions to him and he was answering them with the same simple filters of how he has lived his life. There was so much truth, integrity and power to what he would say and do. What made me bow down was that there was no difference between what was being said and what was being done. Personally, that has been a journey for me, that has been a struggle. My question to him was - ‘I have this struggle of building the organization where I want ... Read Full Story

Summary From Awakin Talks With Ravi Gulati

Jun 28, 2021, 2 comments, 4 smiles Last Sunday we had the opportunity of hosting Awakin Talks with Ravi Gulati in conversation with Prof. Anil Gupta & Sachi Maniar. The conversation with Ravi was like constant movement into the unknown spaces that life offers and how creativity and saying 'Yes' allows for some of the most unimaginable things to happen. Below is an attempt to capture some of those moments. Manzil not a destination but a journey ... Family was the foundation, they tilled the soil so that the seed could sprout. An older sister who was mentally challenged and her coming into our family was a special thing, it changed many things. Inequality and people having different starting lines bothered me. If capitalism is a merit based system then why do we have inheritance at all? Choosing a different career path ... Learnt about the existence of NGOs in 1990 from a college senior. I was nervous as it was an untested ... Read Full Story

Summary From Awakin Talks With Navin Amarasuriya

May 31, 2021, 1 comments, 3 smiles Last weekend we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Talks with Navin Amarasuriya. As a child Navin wanted to be an animator, in his young adulthood he cycled across the east coast on his bicycle in the United States and the country of East Timor and in adulthood he became one of the fifth generation owner of a Singporian luxury brand B P de silva group and a few years ago he left his formal operational role there to travel bit on the uncharted territory of an inner path. And, today many know him as the Chief International Officer at the Contentment Foundation which is an educational non-profit. But beyond these roles and responsibilities what really strikes about Navin is kind of this disarming quality of seeking truth, that he embodies in the way he shows up in the world and to people around him. In conversation with Audrey Lin and ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Awakin Talks Conversation With Dr. Arun

Apr 26, 2021, 2 comments, 8 smiles Last weekend we had the opportunity of hosting Awakin Talks with Dr. Arun Sharma. Dr. Arun Sharma is the founder of the International Institute of Mahayoga and Natural Hygiene (IMANAH). He has guided and inspired hundreds of people around the globe to lead healthy lives based on the natural sciences and drawing from the ancient Indian Vedic wisdom. Rahul opened the call with this thought from the Bhagvad Gita which is the Arjun Vishad (despondency) Yoga, which talks about Arjuna’s despondent state of mind and how Krishna guides him to synthesize that into yoga. Dr. Arun Sharma is one such person who has lived and continues to live many such experiments of alchemy where you try to draw some synchronization with the inner laws of nature and convert this despondency into yoga. And, with that he opened with this Shanti mantra (peace prayer) from Keno Upanishad ॐ आप्यायन्तु ममाङ्गानि वाक्प्राणश्चक्षुः श्रोत्रमथो बलमिन्द्रियाणि च सर्वाणि। सर्वम् ब्रह्मोपनिषदम् ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Awakin Talks Conversation With Vipul Shaha

Apr 11, 2021, 3 comments, 4 smiles Today at Awakin Talks, Bhumika opened with an old english song that never seems to get old “Someday over the rainbow”. Here are some nuggets from the call with Vipul Shaha a seeker, educator and volunteer at heart. Vipul began the call by taking us all through a brief mindfulness practice and later connecting with our inner child. About Early Childhood: Vipul opened his thoughts with this quote “You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. When I think of going back to the roots, I think of what are the seeds I was born with? The journey is of coming back to the roots of this civilization, to the land I was born, family I was born into. It is a multilayered journey. I grew up in ... Read Full Story

11 Years Ago: Audrey On Meditation

Jan 01, 2021, 1 comments, 11 smiles Look what I stumbled upon today, to start my 2021. :) As Arun Dada calls her, "Old Tree", reflecting on meditation more than eleven years ago! Was she born like this? :)

Occupy Heart -- Call With Rohini Nilekani And Ravi

May 25, 2020, 3 smiles Thank you for coming together last weekend for a call with Rohini Nilekani, Ravi Venkatesan and Friends! As Rohini invited us to rebalance "samaaj, sarkaar and samaj", re-imagine distributed scale, and decentralize power, Ravi spoke about his own journey of emptying, inverting the power pyramid, and using entrepreneurship as a trojan horse for mass flourishing. Shaalini and Vineet inspired us with everyday examples of unlocking multiple expressions of wealth. Juxtaposed between Brinda's flute rendition of Gandhi's favorite prayer and Jordyn's Yogananda song, we concluded with -- 'Occupy Heart.' Below are a few ways to build on the numerous ripples already in motion ... Recordings: audio and video are now up! Questions: we've highlighted top-15 questions. Do add your own, we hope to get our speakers to respond to them. Engage: to connect with each other (and speakers), share resources and much more, join our WWGD group. More Gandhi? we just hosted an ... Read Full Story

Awakin Talks With Sister Lucy Tomorrow!

May 15, 2020, 5 comments, 28 smiles After so many ripples from the first Awakin Talks last weekend, around "What Would Gandhi Do?" theme, we are doing it again tomorrow. This time, alongside 300 friends from the ServiceSpace community, 600 kids from Sister Lucy's Home with join us as well. Kids like Gaus with a White Shirt. In our everyday heroes segment, many are excited to hear stories from Zeal and Bhaskar as well. We hope you can join us!

Recording And More: What Would Gandhi Do?

May 11, 2020, 1 comments, 18 smiles Dear Friends, Thank you for coming together last weekend around the inquiry: What Would Gandhi Do? That is to say, how do we respond to these uncertain times with the 'law of love' and nonviolence? More than 900 of you RSVP'd, from many corners of the world, to hear the compelling wisdom of Gandhian luminaries, Michael Nagler and Rajni Bakshi, alongside everyday stories of courageous kindness from Rohan and Drishti. Below are five ways to build on the numerous ripples already in motion ... Recordings: to access audio, video, and written nuggets, click here. Engage: to connect with each other (and speakers), view user-submitted questions, share resources and much more, join our WWGD group. Next Sunday's Call: we continue the series with the legendary Sister Lucy and life-long Gandhian activist Abhay Bang. RSVP here. Go Deeper: over the last decade, we've hosted 100+ in-person "hands, head, heart" retreats. Now we are doing improv ... Read Full Story

A Form Of Empathy: Sangeeta Isvaran

Apr 14, 2020, 3 comments, 9 smiles "Hatred cannot be vanquished by hatred. The fractured world we live in today needs more empathy, more love to destroy the fear that underlies most conflicts and discrimination. The most important life lessons I've learned were in my dance classes as a child, learning to create rasa (a form of empathy), seeing every other being as an extension of oneself. This flame of understanding fuels every aspect of my work with people to trigger transformation.” At Awakin Talks, Vadodara last December, Sangeeta captivated all of us in a stunning art offering. Choreographed almost fifteen years ago, while immersed in refugee work in Pakistan, India and Indonesia, the performance emerged from her conversation with a mother whom she had met in a sacred Sufi shrine, or durgah. As more background, Sangeeta is a vibrant dancer-performer who developed the Katradi method, working in marginalized, underprivileged communities using the arts in education, empowerment and ... Read Full Story