I'm joining Service Space because ... I want to serve !
A good day to me is when ... I'm feeling good and peaceful because of a small good deed I did !
My hero in life is ...Mother Theresa
My favorite book is ...Jonathan
One thing I'm grateful for is ... God guiding me all along my life towards my goal of serving the underserved!
Dec 02, 2018, 11 smiles We hosted our fourth annual Karma Kitchen Detroit in early October this year! It was extra special to me, as I had to unexpectedly travel to India for a month prior, and was sad, thinking I'd have to cancel. Instead, during my absence, the Detroit Awakin family stepped up and arranged everything! Renee and Janet (my soul sisters) took the initiative and organized everyone and everything -- from the menu to the venue, promoting on social media, finalizing details with Meiko and Kiley of the Pink Flamingo, printing menus and checks and collaborating with the cooks and servers. In short, I arrived home only a few days prior to Karma Kitchen, and was overjoyed to see the love and ownership taken by the Awakin Family to make this special event happen once again. On the day of the event, it was a cold and rainy October day. We were concerned, but went ahead and ... Read Full Story
Apr 08, 2018, 3 comments, 12 smiles 2017 ended on a sweet note and much joy with our dear Pavi’s visit to Michigan and to our house on 30th Dec. We were happy and ready to say goodbye to the 2017, and more so excited to welcome Pavi in our Awakin family. Pavi is blessing in herself. Since I was wrapping up the house to leave for India for a month, I did not get enough time to prepare a grand welcome. But as we all know, for Pavi a low key and simple event was just perfect . And for us, her loving kind presence was enough. Pavi was also quite emotional and happy as well to be attending Awakin after almost 2 years. She had not sat with a a big group on a Wednesday after Viral‘s diagnosis. After being energized with the stillness and beautiful introduction by Bharat-Uncle, Pavi opened circle asking everyone to ... Read Full Story
Dec 10, 2017, 4 comments, 15 smiles Recently, my niece came across some of the ceramic coasters I make. Some years ago, I was learning how to make art out of clay, and also learning about this ecosystem of generosity. I wanted to express my gratitude, so I made two coasters with an inspired word, and offered them as a gift to some of the nicest love warriors I've ever known. I quickly learned that love warriors share their gifts to many people, with so much love, and so I decided to make more coasters, and offer them exclusively for love warriors to gift forward. :) When my niece came across these coasters, she liked them a lot. Her university in Ohio happened to be doing a fundraiser for Syrian refugees, and they were selling artwork done by local artists. She asked me to create a few coasters for the fundraiser, and I could not say no to her. But then ... Read Full Story
Nov 04, 2017, 2 comments, 16 smiles It was Friday morning. I was cooking a meal that would be served that evening at Karma Kitchen. The forecast for the evening was rain. Karma Kitchen is an outdoor event with the food truck ‘Pink Flamingo’! But Somehow I was not worried! Deep in my heart I knew everything was going to be ok and left it to the universe! As we were arranging the tables and the vases with the flowers from our gardens it started getting cloudy. A few drops of rain began to fall. I was trying to just focus on what I was doing and not let the mind immediately rush to worrying about what steps to take next if it started pouring. Suddenly I hear Bharat Uncle's excited voice "Look up!" Up in the sky there was the most beautiful complete and clear rainbow!!!! The universe had gifted us with a colorful arch, a gate ... Read Full Story
Jul 31, 2016, 5 comments, 18 smiles Our second Karma Kitchen took off last week on the sunny streets of Detroit in a beautiful food truck :) A forecast of rain and thunderstorms had us a little worried, but Nature gifted us a perfect day --- almost as if she were intentionally helping us grow in generosity :) I have to start by first thanking Meiko and Kiley, the owners of the wonderful Pink Flamingo food truck for their open hearts and for letting us host Karma Kitchen in their space for the second time! Last year when no other restaurant owners were ready to launch Karma Kitchen, these two offered their full support to give this pay-it-forward experiment a try. Thanks to them we were able to bring Karma Kitchen to Detroit . Also thanks to my 'soul sisters ' Renee and Janet who are two strong pillars of our local Awakin and Karma Kitchen efforts. The highlight of the day was ... Read Full Story
Oct 15, 2015, 5 comments, 18 smiles Ever since I saw "suspended coffee" video on KarmaTube, I was so happy to see the pay it forward ripple in such a beautiful way! Just imagine -- cold day, you don't have money and you run into a gift of a coffee from a stranger. Anyone would be so moved to receive such a gift! And in Michigan, where we get chilly weather for 6- 7 months, we surely need this. Moreover, it's a great feeling to include homeless populations and the not-so-well-to-do folks in our circle of sharing! Trevor, an anchor for our local Awakin Circles, approached few coffee shop owners with the idea. While they loved the concept, they're weren't so sure about extra logistical overhead to maintain this concept. Employees would have to do a lot more work to keep track of cash/credit contributions and would also have to deal with a different kind of clientele. But all that ... Read Full Story
Sep 20, 2015, 14 comments, 18 smiles My heart is overflowing with gratitude and love as I reflect on our the first Karma Kitchen in Detroit -- and how its generosity touched so many of the Detroiters. Everyone not only accepted it whole heartedly, they reciprocated with loads of love and generosity! In so many ways, Detriot is in its lowest period of many decades, but with collective blessings from around the globe (quite literally, many states of America, India, Canada, UK and more) we made a huge love impact in our local community! Just two days before our pilot launch, someone anonymously sent us t-shirts with Karma Kitchen logo! At one point, we realized we didn't have any posters or sign boards. On Wednesday, three young girls from Albania walked in for our Awakin Circle, were touched the spirit of evening, heard the cross reference of Karma Kitchen and out of the blue, one of them asked, "Do ... Read Full Story
Jul 16, 2015, 2 comments, 14 smiles It was Trevor who first started an Awakin Circle in Detroit. Many locals joined, including Sateen. Then, when I got bit with the ServiceSpace bug of "small acts of kindness", and especially when my son went on two year Peace Corps fellowship to China, I started to host it. It's been 3.5 years since we've hosted Wednesdays every week, and it's changed our life. And Trevor continues to join every week (Sateen moved to DC). As our local connections deepen, we also want to step things up. We did local events, hosted people like Nimo, tried suspended coffee, and most recently have been trying to get Karma Kitchen started. Restaurants somehow seem quite skeptical, but then, we found an answer in one of the original Awakin Circle hosts with Trevor -- Mieko. Back in 2011, Mieko started cooking out of a "Pink Flamingo" airstream trailer on Thursdays, using produce from a local ... Read Full Story
Apr 23, 2015, 8 smiles I've been reading Thich Nhat Hahn's book "You are here", where he says our mother, father, grandfather and all ancestors exist in every cell of our body and consciousness. This part especially moved me, since many of young ancestors are among all of you: "Your spiritual ancestors are also within you. Some of these ancestors are still quite young. Your brothers and sisters in Dharma, and the person who guided your first steps in practice, are your very young ancestors. Your teacher is your ancestor and your teacher's teacher. So we don't need to travel through time or space to get in touch with our spiritual and genetic ancestors. If we dwell in present moment, we can touch them in the here and now through mindful breathing and deep looking. It's amazing how we can do so many wonderful things while sitting on our meditation cushions."
Mar 20, 2015, 3 comments, 22 smiles Many years ago, I met Madhu -- and it changed so many things in my life, because he selflessly introduced me to so many people, ideas, and practices. One of them was the Awakin Circle, that he and his lovely wife have been hosting for many years now. Few weeks back, when I was in India, I had the opportunity to join their Awakin Circle, with so many noble souls! And it reminded me of the Awakin Circles in our home, in Michigan. I'm writing this to tell you all that Wednesdays have changed my ... OUR family! Initially, we just started with couple of us (lovingly supported by Trevor and Sateen!) but now more than 10-15 people come regularly (and more than a 100 people in our email group!). So glad to be connecting with these warm people who are thinking on the same wavelength! As we have opened the ... Read Full Story