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The Fond Memories I Took Home From The Vegan India Conference

by | July 20, 2019

India recently hosted her first-ever Vegan Conference and no we can’t keep calm. Seeing the largest democracy in the world, opening wide arms, to the idea of eco-conscious cruelty-free living has been a beautiful experience.

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The Fond Memories I Took Home From The Vegan India Conference

As the Senior Web Editor at Raise Vegan magazine, I got invited to conduct a workshop, with German International Academy, on instilling vegan values in kids and helping them assimilate better among non-vegan friends. Having fought against the odds of time restrictions, I got a chance to attend a few shares, by prominent vegans, in the Indian vegan diaspora and some have indeed left a remarkable impression on me.

Here’s a recap from my visit to the Vegan India Conference.

Workshop on Vegan Parenting and Veganism At Schools

The Fond Memories I Took Home From The Vegan India Conference
Credits: Mayuri Rajvanshi/ Raise Vegan

Raise Vegan and German International Academy (Chennai-India based vegan school) conducted a workshop on vegan parenting and embracing veganism at school. Raise Vegan’s presentation focused on helping parents sensitize children towards the suffering of animals in an age-appropriate manner. We discussed how parents can take their children to local rescue centers, share amazing rescue and survival stories of animals such as Esther- the wonder pig, and provide them with vegan books meant for children. Next, the discussion turned towards helping kids on plant-based diet assimilate better at schools and among non-vegan friends.

One of the highlights of the event, for me, was meeting the amazing vegan kid from GIA. Nandan’s short speech on why he is vegan could easily be the cutest memory from the event.

Meeting Nandan, the vegan student from GIA
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Popular Traveler Shivya Nath’s Talk on Traveling as a Vegan

Listening to Shivya Nath talk about traveling around the world, as a vegan, was indeed eye-opening. It is amazing to know how there could be surprises hidden, for vegans, in the most unsuspecting places on earth. Shivya, who embraced veganism four years ago, found Ethiopia to be the most vegan-friendly nation. Her anecdotes from visits to Iran, Japan, Ecuador, Georgia, and Central America would make you want to pack your bags and experience the world. The hardest place to travel as a vegan? Well, for Shivya it is certainly her home state- Punjab!

Plant-Based Food at Vegan India Conference

And my most favorite part!! From the vegan kebabs and sushis to Indonesian miso soup- the drool-worthy plant-based food spread is still fresh and vivid in my memory. Never knew I could crave a salad!

The delicious shredded beet and pumpkin salad

Vegan sushi rolls, anyone?

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Vegan sushi rolls with wasabi and soya sauce

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And my favorite from the spread- vegan kebabs made from sweet potato.

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Prominent Vegan Personalties From Around the World

Among prominent vegan personalities, in attendance, from around the world were Tofurky founder & CEO- Seth Tibbott, Kuntal A. Joisher- world’s first vegan to scale Mt. Everest, Keegan Kuhn- Director of the widely appreciated vegan documentary- Cowspiracy, Dr. Susianto, Founder & President of World Vegan Organisation, and Chairman of the World Vegan Organisation R.K. Singh.

Tofurky Founder & CEO Seth Tibbott (center) with Zac Lovas from Veg Voyages (second from right) and Dr. Susianto (extreme right)
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Dr. Susianto with vegan mountaineer Kuntal Joisher
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The first Vegan India Conference was a grand success. Eagerly waiting for the next edition. Stay tuned!

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