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Bangaloreans jump on to the band - VEGAN!

There's a variety of items on display - things like samosas, pasta salad, hummus and chocolate cake, all vegan. It is the Bengaluru Vegan group's monthly potluck meet where like-minded people get together to talk, discuss issues and eat.

Members of Vegan Club at a potluck meet Members of Vegan Club at a potluck meet


More and more people are resorting to
the healthy way of living and the new health revolution that’s caught on big time is veganism!

Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. People from all walks of life are turning vegan effortlessly and enjoying the health benefits. It is a lifestyle of compassion, vegans in the city say. Bangalore has a burgeoning clan of committed vegans, who vouch for the lifestyle citing not just a clear conscience, but also a healthy body.

Dilip Bafna, the founder of the Vegan Bengaluru Club, says he wasn’t aware of veganism when he adopted it 17 years ago. He was always involved with animal welfare activities and was a vegetarian. “Somewhere along, I felt ‘welfare’ wasn’t enough. There’s more to do. Animal rights are equally important. In 1993, I shunned milk products and all kinds’ of animal products,” he says.

The Vegan Bengaluru Club was started about two years ago and all the vegans in the city meet every weekend for a potluck meet. When asked about how it all started, Dilip says “I love challenges, so I started the Bangalore Vegan group, with one person who attended the first meeting on April 2008 now our strength has gone to seventy four people and it is growing amazingly. We meet every two weeks now, for a potluck lunch session. We take off to a different place every time but we generally meet at Lalbagh,”



Further explaining the concept of veganism, he says “Eating out, visiting friends and relatives, and social acceptability could come in the way of being a vegan, but once you decide your path, it is easy walk on it. If one looks out consciously, there are many vegan-friendly products even in our supermarkets,”

Does being a vegan mean giving up on your coffee and ice-cream? “Not at all. Alternatives such as soy milk, tofu and non-dairy creamers, are not only similar in taste, but also healthier,” points out Dilip.

Dilip explains that by adopting the right diet, one can prevent most lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cancer, and other auto-immune disorders. Dilip uses soy milk, and other substitutes like vegan cheese and tofu for dairy products.  

“Being vegan requires you to be diligent. Anything we pick up from the shelves, we read the fine print. ‘Milksolids’ is the term to watch out for,” says Dilip. You have to be careful about cosmetics as well. Doesn’t it drastically reduce choice? Not really, he says. Parle has a whole range of vegan biscuits and other products. There are so many herbal cosmetics available. If you have the conviction to be truly compassionate, these are just tiny bits of tweaking you need to do, he says.  

If one goes by the number of members in online vegan communities or the fact that there was a recent vegan festival in our city or that Café Coffee Day actually offers vegan options, this tribe is slowly but surely increasing.

If you want to be a part of the vegan group, you can get in touch with Dilip Bafna through - bengaluruvegans@gmail.com
Tags: hummus, vegans in bangalore, veganism, vegan bengaluru club, samosas, pasta salad, chocolate cake

13 comments

SUJATHA.B Dec 05th, 2010 07:15 PM

I want to join the vegan Club, would you please inform me the date of meeting, and any other proceedures to jiun the meeting.
thank you
sujatha.b

Bindi Oct 25th, 2010 01:45 AM

I too enjoy the vegan cooking too.  Overweight Americans should take note. It will keep you trim and content.
 
Best of luck,
Bindi
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Parthiban.N Sep 16th, 2010 11:58 AM

Hurray! I found the great group here,
Mr.Dilip Bafna, I like to join for the group's next or forthcoming meeting and get to know more information.
Meet you soon in the meeting :)
Thanks 

Vegan Bengaluru Jun 22nd, 2010 07:58 PM

For more information about our group:
http://veganbengaluru.wordpress.com/
 

Mohan Jun 20th, 2010 06:29 AM

In Calgary, Canada, where I live, we have a Vegan group. There are 273 members, in just six months. Most are native Canadians, by the way.

Kumudha Jun 19th, 2010 11:19 AM

I'm so happy to see the number of vegans increasing in Bangalore...
 
Global vegan fare blog

Narayana Upadhyaya Jun 14th, 2010 10:09 AM

One more consumer, would like to join your group.

A.Krishnamurthy Jun 13th, 2010 07:43 PM

I like to participate in next meeting and brief about lot of veg preparations.
Thanks 
A.Krishnamurthy

Krishna Shastry Jun 12th, 2010 04:07 PM

Good to see increasing number of Vegans.

Dilip Bafna Jun 12th, 2010 03:02 PM

Hi VeganBLR,
 
You can give me your e-mail ID at arfindia@gmail.com with your mobile number, I will surely get in touch with you. 
 
Dilip Bafna

A K Handa Jun 11th, 2010 10:55 PM

Vegetarian is a nice way to stay healthy in all respect.

VeganBLR Jun 11th, 2010 02:59 PM

How to become a member of this community? Can someone point out the online link to the group?
 
Thanks!

Dilip Bafna Jun 11th, 2010 11:13 AM

It was very nice of Lavanya to promote the concept of Veganism. My her tribe increase.

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