My Role Model Induslady: Pls consider this a non-competitive entry. In my life, I have been blessed with many role models. But no one has inspired me as much as Mrs. Chithra Vishwanathan in being not merely a better giver, but a better endower. Life and my mother gave me an appreciation of all things ‘kitchen’. My internet hours were spent surfing for slokams and recipes- food for the soul, food for the body. But, most recipes online were crap, bored housewives and socialites handing out ingredients and methods that were implausible. A few good ones came with a prefix ‘Pay here, secure gateways of payment’. And then in Indiatastes, I found this lady handing out recipes and slokams- all with a kind word and grace. Whenever someone offered a positive feedback, she always said,’ah, I just give recipes. You are a good cook’. It so happened, that she emailed me first when the site kept removing her answer to my posted query. I was excited and then followed her advice and joined Indusladies. And the rest is one happy history for me and my family. Let me get one thing cleared right at the beginning. I am an economist and by training am obsessed with pricing. A ‘free good’ is a good thing for us because the marginal rate of return is infinite. But, I am not a fan of Chitvish because her recipes are free of cost. Value takes precedence here. What makes Chitvish so special? Is it because she is a good cook and has a vast collection of original and acquired recipes? Is it because she is so astute with blogging and is available online? To a basic extent, yes. But what is more remarkable is her accountability. When she hands out a recipe, she does not absolve herself of all responsibilities. When we report that something is wrong, she gets back with solutions and tells us how to rectify the dish. Along with her ability as a good cook, it is this accountability that makes her so special. But it does not end here. We women are generally possessive- more so when it comes to husbands and recipes. And even when we share, we do so with caution- within the family, and then sometimes we conveniently forget an ingredient. But here is a woman, who shares her recipes with an international community of seekers- most of them faceless and nameless, hiding behind monikers. And there lies the greatest attribute of this unassuming lady. In giving without expecting any return, she is performing nishkamakarma. In sharing without boundaries, she is teaching us that nothing really belongs to us alone. What is of worth to one of us is of worth to this community. It is this essence of the Gita that she teaches us and this is what makes her my role model. I am tempted to compare her to Sreedevi, the embodiment of all prosperity. But I will compare her more to my favorite Devi, Bhudevi- the Mother Earth who patiently bears us, gives, and gives of herself, and always finds more to give. And as the Earth shall live, so shall live the name of Mrs. Chithra Vishwanathan. Happy Birthday and Many Happy returns of the Day!