Imagine that you go a restaurant to have dinner and after a delicious meal, you’re told that your bill amounts to nil and that it was a gift from someone who came before you. To spread the love forward, all you need to do is pay for the person who dines next. It would be awesome, wouldn’t it? This is exactly what Seva Café, a chain of eateries driven by volunteers who wish to do their bit for the society. In this day and age where individualism has become the way of life, this concept of “The Circle Of Giving” brings a very refreshing breath of air.
Quoting Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The world says: “You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom.” This quote makes is very clear as to what a selfish world we live in. These days, everyone does something with a reason, because they expect something in return. We give something to our acquaintances because we want value for our money, we give something to our relative because we want respect in return and we give something to our loved ones because we expect love in return. In this kind of a setting, the Seva Cafe surprises you with something you do not expect : a meal that someone else has paid for. And in turn, they ask you to spread this happiness with someone else, by paying for their meal. This gives you a chance to experience a feeling we rarely experience these days, the joy of gifting happiness to a complete stranger. This leaves you with a kind of contentment, because as Gandhiji says, “The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives a rose. ”
Not only this, the Cafe insists on having a whole group of modest staff under its wing. These people are kind, understanding and always ready to give you a smile. In the spirit of our old age belief, “Atithi Devo Bhava”, the food is served to the customers with love and grace, as if it were a loved one being served.
And as a lot of ecstatic customers state, at Seva Cafe, the lines between a restaurant and a home blur to form a soothing harmony with fills your heart with warmth. It is a unique, enriching and satisfying experience everyone should have atleast once in their lifetime, be it as a guest or as a volunteer.