Uday Jadhav is an auto rickshaw driver, but he and his auto are nowhere similar to any other auto rickshaws in India. He’s a man who lives by Gandhi’s principles and his auto-rickshaw is no different. He comes from a middle-class family with a load of responsibilities. He drives his auto-rickshaw on the concept of gift economy – pay want you want. The rate meter always reads zero because of this concept. He pins badges with smileys on everyone who sit in his auto-rickshaw. His auto-rickshaw has such features which are not even available in a cab. He provides the passengers with food to eat, water to drink, magazine or books to read, music to hear, a fan for summers and the best of all—a dustbin, so that the streets remain clean.
Siddharth Sthalekar is a radical and creative investment adviser. He helps individuals and organizations to understand the role of wealth in their lives. After heading a trading floor, he often faced the question of basic assumptions of modern economic systems of scarcity, transaction and consumption. This led him to stay in Gandhi Hermitage to explore alternate paradigms that foster a sense of abundance, trust and contribution. He is the founder of the venture Sacred Capital that represents his journey with wealth.
Mukesh Singh is an Indian comic book artist, famous for working with various international comics book companies like Liquid Comics and Marvel Comics. He has been working as a freelance illustrator, motion graphics artist, senior game artist and animator, and senior illustrator and concept artist for various comics, game, and film and television projects. He’s one of the few Indian comic artists to work for the international comic scenario; creating high-end illustrations.
Neeraj Arya and his Kabir Cafe are on a quest to ensure St. Kabir’s verses are accessible and comprehensible through contemporary music to the rest of the world, who are alienated from traditional his music. They only sing St. Kabir. Their 7 years of relentless research in picking up, understanding and performing the verses of the saint is the backbone behind the band. Largely influenced by renowned folk singer Padmashri Prahladji Tippaniya, he has pioneered the genre known as Kabir Rock.
Julius Rego is an urban farmer i.e. he does agriculture in the city. He’s the founder of Green Souls that has the aim to address urban environmental, health and community issues by practicing sustainable urban farming. Currently, they have 4 organic community farms that provides access to healthy food and nature therapy to underprivileged children. The group also helps individuals and organisations to set up their own kitchen and terrace gardens.
Born and brought up in the Gandhi Ashram, Jayesh Patel has spent the last two decades serving in communities; especially in the field of sanitation and health. To the outside world, he is the founder of Manav Sadhna, an organization that works with children and women. But beyond all the designations and outward work lies his true essence of holding the spirit of service in every moment. Through his interactions with children, economically disadvantaged and the downtrodden he flows like a wave of love uplifting all those around him dissolving barriers between himself and those he serves.
Genevieve Engineer is an animal welfare activist and founder of AWARE Foundation. Supported by like-minded friends and volunteers, their common goal is to rescue animal in distress, give them food, treatment and shelter. They also feed around 150-160 stray animals every day irrespective of festival, storm, flood or strike. No matter what, her love has no full stop. She always had a flair for loving cats and dogs and now, she’s doing her part to serve them—full time. Some call her mad, some call her genius, some don’t call her at all, but these are the people who keep our head high and make this world a better place to live in.