“We Like to Pay It For­ward”

Cosmopolitan (India) - - YOU, YOU, YOU -

Can you imag­ine a restau­rant where there are no prices on the menu, the bill reads zero, and you can pay as lit­tle or as much as you want? It ex­ists and it’s do­ing won­ders!

The Seva Cafe be­gan as an ex­per­i­ment in ‘peer to peer gen­eros­ity’ in Ahmed­abad, and has now spread to Ban­ga­lore, Mum­bai, Pune and Kolkata, driven by vol­un­teers. How it works: you en­joy a meal (and the band belt­ing in­die tunes), then leave be­hind any amount you feel like. The cafe is based on a ‘pay it for­ward’ or ‘gift’ econ­omy, so your meal was paid for by a stranger, and you do the same for who­ever vis­its next, thus com­plet­ing the cir­cle of kind­ness. You can lit­er­ally feel a sense of ca­ma­raderie at Seva, and guests of­ten come back to vol­un­teer. ( moved­bylove.org/projects/sevacafe)

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