Manning the Dream towards Riddhi.

Akshaya Patra Foundation

Wanting to break out of earthly confines and fly high is a dream that is common to much of the human race. However, only a few get to experience the same and soar the skies. Riddhi Barot, an Akshaya Patra beneficiary from Veer Narmad Primary School in Saradnagar Tarsali, Vadodara, studying in Std VII, is one such student. She wants to become a pilot and ride the wind like a bird. There is another potent motivation for this young lady’s dream – making her parents proud. “I want to do it for my parents,” she says.

The daughter of a father who works in an electric shop and a mother who is a homemaker, Riddhi also has two siblings –sister Siddhi (in Std V) and brother Jai (in Std II), studying in the same school. The noted Gujarati writer, freedom fighter and social reformer, Jhaverchand Meghani, is a big inspiration in Riddhi’s life. Her parents and teachers provide her with great motivation and the latter heap praises on the young girl for her neat handwriting!

Academics and sports are Riddhi’s avid interests and she counts Science and English as her favourite subjects. She is also an enthusiastic shuttler and loves to play badminton, besides being active in Scouts and Guides. She is a competitive girl, participating in various contests and looks forward to the drawing competition in particular.

About Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meals served in her school, Riddhi says, “The madhyan bhojan (mid-day meal) is highly nutritious and if this food is not provided at school, we’ll fall ill and lose out on studying and playing.” Her favourite dish is Chana Dal and Bhath, while her siblings, Siddhi and Jai like Dal Dhokli the most.

We wish Riddhi the very best for her future.

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Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Mahasadhaka, the biography of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder-Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness) was released by His Excellency Sri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka. The release took place on 27th of September at Hare Krishna Hill, Bengaluru. Present at the book release were His Holiness  Sri Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math and Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore graced the occasion. Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara, a well-known writer and Jnanpith awardee was the Guest of Honor.

Governor Vajubhai Vala related the decline in societal values to the lack of religious feelings among people. He said, “It is time to cultivate religious feelings in oneself. At the same time, it is also essential to let go of blind faith. This will help alleviate the degenerating situation in the society today. The present education can give only technical knowledge but it doesn’t teach any samskara.”
He further elaborated that qualities like satya, ahimsa, aparigraha, etc., are integral part of Indian culture.  He also speak of the glory of the Bhagavad-gita, mentioning it as a book that stands above and apart from all the books.
According to Madhu Pandit Dasa, Mahasadhaka lends a glimpse into Srila Prabhupada’s life in India before he set out on an odyssey to the West on his mission and the years he spent all over the world spreading the teachings of Krishna. He revered as the story of one of the greatest spiritual leaders.
Speaking on the occasion, the author, Dr. Babu Krishnamurthy expressed his great happiness at having worked on the biography of Srila Prabhupada saying that it was the greatest and most marvelous moments in his life.
Madhu Pandit Dasa also mentioned spoke about the humility of Srila Prabhupada. He said that Srila Prabhupada never promoted himself anywhere for he was a selfless man. He said that Srila Prabhupada is truly an ambassador of Lord Krishna from the spiritual world and that Mahasadhaka is offered to him as a token of honor and appreciation.