This article was re-purposed and published in “The Alternative”
Have you ever been to a restaurant where your food bills have already been paid by someone else who had eaten there prior to you? Your food bill has not only been paid, but the food has been served to you as your mother or your wife would have served you at home – full of love, care and compassion. Does it sound too good to be true? Its little difficult to believe that something like this exists in this capitalist-minded society.
But it does exist and one of them is Seva Café in Ahmedabad which runs on the concept of “Living is Giving”.
Seva Café is an experiment where each person stepping into the restaurant is seen as a guest and not as a customer. As in the Indian Culture “Atithi Devo Bhavah” (Guest is treated as God), the guest is served selflessly with all the love and care. When you dine at Seva Café, your meal is offered to you as a genuine gift, already paid for in full by previous guests. There is no concept of bill here. You can pay for the food of the next guest if you wish to. Continue reading