Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
MEET PAPU SAI
Papu is as at home chopping vegetable as chopping trees or dancing on red hot coals during a fire dance.
His main job though, for the last four years is as the ashram’s chief cook and kitchen manager. I think he is actually a gourmet magician specializing in supernatural food conjuring. As a recent visitor and PhD food sociologist Estelle Fourat beautifully put it, he creates "food that has the right combination of nutrients through delicious ingredients to please the palate, at the same time to nourish body and soul.”
By carefully ensuring all ingredients are fresh and organic, and prepared to perfection, he is one of the people most responsible for the overall health and happiness of everyone here.
He creates his nutritious menus in accordance with the principles of a pure sattvic vegetarian diet. A diet regimen that places emphasis on seasonal foods such as fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and non-meat based proteins. He prepares each meal with local ingredients from environmentally sustainable sources.
However, I think the he has a two secret ingredients that makes the food he conjures incomparable. In addition to fresh organic local food, he adds a large measure of joy. You can see it in his eyes and smile as he stands before us and watches us at every meal, making sure we are absolutely, completely, and totally satisfied with both the quantity and quality.
Papu, you have made me feel at home.
… and I think the other major secret ingredient you add is love, Thanks.
Along the Way
Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
My interest in the magic and mystery of the natural world lies at the intersection of art and science.
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