I visited Seva Cafe this past weekend. Not just the food but the whole experience of being at this place was simply beautiful. I met Siddharth and his wife, Lahar, in Mumbai at a Silent Wednesday a couple of weeks ago. His generosity and big heart and being in the moment are hard to miss. One can't help but be swept by it. He was wearing a shirt with Gandhiji sketched on it and the words "Be the change you want to see in the world" and I commented what a wonderful shirt it was. In that very moment, he insisted on giving me the shirt. I was so touched and couldn't believe such open heartedness with a stranger. it has been a while that I had met someone so open and generous. He invited me to visit Seva Cafe when I was in Ahmedabad, which I did because I was visiting on business. Both Lahar and Siddharth spent a lot of time with me sharing stories about the idea of the cafe, about remaining open to human beings and not whether a customer is affluent, a chai walla, a rickshaw driver, a businessman or a student...no barriers whatsoever and how they have put practices in place to not allow the mind to get caught up with these outer facades we all have. That there is no amount on the bill, that people volunteer their time in the cafe after a day of work, that when someone pays they don't open it and allow themselves to get colored by what the person paid, that they make for 70 people and serve to whoever walks in...irrespective of what they do, wear, say, belong to, etc...And of course, I shouldn't forget to mention that the food was wonderful! I had bhel, juice and mexican rice! All were fresh, warm and yummy! I couldn't have asked for more...My body, mind and spirit were touched in more ways than one!
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