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A budding entrepreneur with dreams of reviving the traditional recipes and delicacies with organic and natural ingredients is providing mouth-watering dishes. Anand Patel, 34 from Suryaghoda is a man who dons many hats and tries to excel in it. He is an artist, philanthropist, gardener, nutritionist, cook, model, and choreographer.
During COVID 19, the lockdown and free time brought out the cooking talents of Anand. The recipes, which he tried at home, had many admirers. The delicacies, which were prepared using traditional spices and methodology, are made by using organic and natural ingredients. The raw materials, flour and other materials used in preparing the dishes are specially brought from villages and are ground using traditional practices. Local women help Anand in grinding, mixing, and preparing the dishes. The Sanskruti- Prakruti, NGO run by Anand is focused on providing a variety of dishes and products using organic and natural products straight from nature.
By looking at the demand for homemade recipes, immunity builders and natural products during COVID-19, Anand decided to share the product list offered through his social media circle. Soon orders starting coming in and he had his hands full.
Anand quotes" I believe the traditional recipes of our country are forgotten. They have a lot of nutritional value and each delicacy and product has methodology and value attached to it. Organic and natural products have always solved all health-related issues. Our ancestors hardly visited a doctor. They had remedies for all the health issues and their immunity was much stronger than ours. By reviving the products and practices, I want to give back the same qualitative products to as many people as I can.
Sanskruti- Prakruti offers products kitchen ingredients like natural honey, jaggery, black pepper, and lentils, seasonal juices like aloe vera, gooseberry, and hair care products like onion hair oil, hibiscus hair oil, hair masks, Mehndi etc. Seasonal foods and delicacies are also prepared like sesame bar Kachariyu, Meethi ladu, Sweet Gooseberry, beetroot juice etc are also provided. All the items are prepared by using natural and organic ingredients. The raw materials are collected from forest and village areas. They are dried and processed naturally.
Anand mainly focuses on providing well-known and traditional recipes to his consumers based on seasons. He says, “There is correlation between seasonal recipes and their health. If we eat food as per seasons then it will aid our health and boost our immunity. Nature has many products, which has medicinal properties. Slowly we are forgetting it, by reviving the products; I am planning to reach out to people within and outside our state and nation. In these tiring times, one has to become independent then why not do it by making our traditional practices and recipes popular through organic and natural ingredients. The new generation does not accept anything and everything. They try, test, and then approve. I really felt happy when people accepted my products and ingredients.”
Apart from involving village women in the process of preparing food and organic products, he is also helping them by purchasing mud crockery for preparing, storing his products. Sanskruti- Prakruti, is paying special attention into detailing of each products. When the ingredient or product order is announced through the social media circle, the process, and importance of each product is explained in detail. When you quiz Anand about it, he smiles and responds, “We should know what we are consuming, or using, I believe that when consumers know about the benefit of each and every ingredient and the process involved then they feel satisfied. Moreover, through detailing we are reviving the importance of each product”.
Apart from Sanskruti- Prakruti, Anand simultaneously runs another NGO named Joel-Care. The NGO looks after the needs of a handful of elderly in form of providing them with clothes, food, medicines etc. He also conducts free dance classes in villages for poor children. Other than that, he has conducted dance program and fashion shows for specially-abled children. Anand through his small ways is helping women in rural areas to learn embroidery work and make a living. He conducts cookery classes and helps in setting up a kitchen garden in flats, societies, and homes. His products are available not only in Gujarat, but all over India and also across borders.
The young man from Vadodara is teaching us through his little deeds that the volume of work does not matter if it is done with the right intent. When our actions are based on good intentions our soul has no regrets.
Revive, relive, and go organic and natural with a variety of products from Sanskruti-Prakruti. One-stop solutions for your health, appetite, and soul.
Monday, 30 November 2020
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Neil Grover, the techie-billionaire, had never met someone like Tanya Kumar in his life. The short, curvy brunette drove him crazy. Their dates were fake, but what about their chemistry? Was that fake too? Will Neil be able to convince Tanya there's more to love than what she envisioned?
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Through his Eyes: A Short Story
Genre: Contemporary Drama
Blurb: Meera Bhatt's upbringing had been outsourced ever since she was born. Through his Eyes is a narration of her journey from a toddler to an adult. She reflects on how her helper taught her to distinguish between right and wrong without speaking a single word.
Did she get lost in translation amidst his guidance?
Or did she find her way out to be a mature young adult?
'Through His Eyes' is a lovely, emotional short story.
Fluently narrated, it brings out the best side of the human nature and relationships.
A beautiful short story that takes the readers through a sea of emotions. The author reminds us that relationships can be so precious and beautiful even if the connection is not by blood.
This short story is sweet and loving with a very beautiful message.
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She blogs at Abracabadra which has been featured as "Top Blog" for three years. Many of her write-ups have been published on LifeHack, HubPages to name a few.
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Friday, 6 November 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mythology, Folklore
The eternal dance of attraction, lust and love has been going on since time immemorial.
The divine apsara Menaka descends to Earth at Indra’s behest to distract the sage Vishwamitra from the penance that would bring him unimaginable powers. Menaka succeeds in bewitching Vishwamitra, but her actions are destined to have dire consequences for both.
Eons later, their story is set to repeat itself.
Poorva has always played by society’s rules and ideas of decorum. But what happens when her own loved ones betray her in the worst way imaginable? Does she still have to remain bound by their rules?
Rudra plays with power and people like they are pieces on a chessboard. He has no qualms about indulging his desires, be it money or women, but is determined not to be bound by either.
What happens when these two diametrically opposite souls are brought together by fate?
In the game of power, lust, greed and betrayal, some win and some lose. But are there any winners or losers in the game of love?
Like Menaka and Vishwamitra, are Poorva and Rudra too destined to see their story end in tragedy? Or will the divine power prevail?
Mumbling an apology, she sat up straight.
“It’s dinner time. You can sleep in the bedroom after dinner.”
“Yeah, it’s just behind our chairs,” he said stretching his legs.
“No, no. I’m fine here.”
“You are my guest, it’s for you.”
“No, no. I don’t want to inconvenience you.”
The flight attendant brought their dinner putting an end to the debate. She was surprised when the attendant brought another tray that had champagne cooling in a silver container with all the paraphernalia.
“I thought you didn’t take alcohol,” she couldn’t help but comment.
“Sometimes I do. This is an occasion which calls for a toast, don’t you think?”
“When others are doing all the thinking for me, I have stopped applying my brains.”
He chuckled and shook his head, “You know, I sometimes get the feeling you are more angry about my taking control of the events than anything else.”
She spooned the chicken curry on her plate refusing to reply. The food was awesome, and she was hungry.
“Isn’t that so?” he asked goading her again.
“I’m angry about everything. Every damn thing and every damn person.”
“I think you are angry with yourself too.”
“Oh really! Care to elaborate?”
“There are two reasons. You have been a good girl all your life. You thought that was the best thing to do, but you got nothing out of that. And now forbidden things are appealing to you, which goes against your first philosophy, so you are angry all the more.” He opened the champagne with a pop and poured the sparkling liquid into two flute glasses. He had taken off his coat and rolled up his sleeves.
“Forbidden things are appealing to me!” The blood flow accelerated in her veins at the sight of his hands and broad wrist. He had beautiful long fingers like those of an artist.
“Yes, didn’t you enjoy rehearsing and performing for the show?” He handed her the glass and clinked his with hers. “Aren’t you enjoying this meal with me high up in the sky?”
“Hats off for turning the argument around and making it about me and absolving yourself for the entire mess.”
“It is not a mess and I’m just the instigator. In fact, I have done you a favor. I have taken you out of your boring life and given you a chance to enjoy the way you deserve.”
“Wow!” She chuckled, actually enjoying herself.
He went absolutely still, then leaned towards her and said softly, “You deserve the best, Poorva. You are a very nice person and should get everything you want from life.”
The air was thick with undercurrents as she looked into his sincere eyes. The brown specks in his black eyes glowed with goodwill and admiration. He came closer and glanced at her lips, then the spell broke and she turned her attention back to the flute in her not-so-steady hand.
“That was a nice thing to say,” she muttered.
“You are welcome.”
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