Best-selling author Rashmi Bansal releases book on the inspiring story of Akshaya Patra

Bangalore, April 22, 2017: Writer, entrepreneur and youth expert, Rashmi Bansal launched her latest book, God’s Own Kitchen: The Inspiring Story of Akshaya Patra – a social enterprise run by monks and CEOs, at ISKCON, Rajajinagar, Bangalore on April 22, 2017.

The book waslaunched in the auspicious presence of Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa - Chairman, TheAkshaya Patra Foundation, Shri T.V. Mohandas Pai - Independent Trustee, TheAkshaya Patra Foundation, Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa - Vice Chairman, The AkshayaPatra Foundation, Shri Shridhar Venkat – CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation andHon’ble Justice, Shri Santosh Hegde.

The AkshayaPatra foundation provides mid-day meals to 1.6 million school children everyday, and this book is the exciting story of spiritualists and capitalistscoming together to launch a unique start-up to make it a ‘Made in India’success. A chance meeting with Shri Mohandas Pai inspired Shri Madhu PanditDasa to use the spare capacity in the ISKCON kitchen to start a mid-day mealprogramme for 1500 children, in and around Bangalore. Today, Akshaya Patra isthe world’s largest NGO-led Mid-Day Meal Programme, with 28 kitchens across 11states, serving 1.6 million hot lunches to government schools each day.

Commentingon her experience of writing the book Rashmi Bansal said, “In 2011, I visitedthe Akshaya Patra kitchen in Hubli and was astounded by the technology andscale of the operation. That single kitchen feeds more than 1 lakh childreneach day. I felt a buzz in my brain - this is a story, a unique story which needsto be told. My colleague Niyati Patel and I spent 2.5 years researching andwriting the book - travelling from Baran in Rajasthan to Bhubaneshwar inOrissa, interviewing the monks, the managers, the teachers, students and donorsof the program. I also started reading the Bhagvad Gita - one page a day - tounderstand the philosophical aspect. What you read in  'God's Own Kitchen'is a distillation of all that we learnt and experienced.”

Shri MadhuPandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation added, “This book gives usan opportunity to look into the journey and growth of the Foundation.  Weextend our gratitude to Rashmi for coming forward to write the Inspiring storyof Akshaya Patra, and thank all the people involved, for contributing to ‘God’sown Kitchen’.  Hope that this book will further the cause, and aid us toreach 5 million children by 2020”

ShriMohandas Pai congratulated Rashmi Bansal and the entire team of Akshaya Patrafor narrating a beautifully illustrated story of the Foundation and bringingforth its spirit.

HonorableJustice Shri Santosh Hegde, appreciated the work and extended his full supporttowards feeding children hot and nutritious meals.

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