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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

It was indeed a very pleasant surprise and honour to receive the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2016. This award was given to 33 women on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8th March for pioneering and excelling, mostly in unconventional fields. All the women were strong, passionate and inspiring, and it was a great pleasure to interact with them. Besides the ceremony with the Honourable President of India, we had a meeting and dinner with Smt Maneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development and tea with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. I think all of us left with the resolution to work even harder and reach even more people than ever before.

When I founded SHARAN in 2005, I was all alone and perhaps one of a handful of people in India who was vegan or even knew what that was, but how this has changed! We now have vegan groups in almost every city and vegan products in most supermarkets. But a lot of work remains. Veganism is far from mainstream in India.

Today SHARAN has a team of 36 dedicated people and we are growing. We have touched the lives of nearly 50,000 people through our events and reversed diseases in an estimated 10,000. But this is not enough. India has the largest population of diabetics in the world. SHARAN’s vision is a diabetes free India. Not only diabetes but a host of other lifestyle diseases can be reversed or prevented with the whole plant based diet that we prescribe. We can actually live a life without medicines. And we need you to partner with us!


How can YOU help us?

We know that once you experience results, you will automatically wish to spread the word about the goodness of the whole plant based diet. Many of you have already done so. We are so grateful for this. However if you would like to do more, then read on…

Today SHARAN has spread its wings in India and abroad. We have worked in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Trivandrum and more. We have also worked in Nairobi, Dubai and London as well as other cities in Europe. We have conducted a number of training programs for doctors and nutritionists and cooking instructors. We are proud that many of our trainees have started their own organisations and have reached many people directly.

We are walking a path that requires both passion and dedication. Changing mindsets and habits is no mean task. But it’s needed today more than ever when people are dying of lifestyle diseases that need never exist! Today water shortages, climate change, food shortages are big problems that can be solved just by changing mindsets. The problems in the human realm are so large that most people ignore the holocaust that animals are facing. But how long can we be deaf to the cries of our fellow beings?

In order to grow we need more people at all levels, from administrative and planning to training and executing. We need people who are compassionate and passionate and are willing to be the change that they wish to see in this world. We need people who can think beyond their personal needs to the needs of the planet and everyone on it. If you are one of them, and would like to join us in our mission, please do get in touch with us and see if you qualify. Please send us a brief resume of yourself and in what way would you like to contribute to this cause to

Why am I a part of SHARAN?

SHARAN consists of a team of people who are interested in being part of a change. This issue, our Mumbai head Reyna K Rupani shares with you about why she is a part of SHARAN…

I have always stayed away from medications. Dr Nandita showed me the way to ensure that I stay away from them throughout my life. However once I made the change, experienced the immense benefits, I suddenly made the connection – the whole plant based diet is amazing not only for our health, but for the animals and the environment too. I started seeing animals in a very different light. I could sense their innocence and how they had feelings. They are sentient beings, and we have absolutely no right to interfere in their lives at all. I started understanding their plight. And after that one can’t help but speak for them.

SHARAN gave me the platform to speak for them. It works so systematically and beautifully. I am a teacher too, and what better education to give than bringing in awareness towards health empowerment, animal liberation and environmental sustainability. Also being a student of the Vedanta philosophy we are taught that we need to give back, for we have received so much from Nature. SHARAN for me is a way to give back. There is a lot of freedom and flexibility given by Dr Nandita. She is always open to ideas, patient when we disagree with her, as she wants us to learn from our own mistakes! Personally I have grown in a myriad of ways by working with SHARAN. There is a meaning and direction to life. Totally indebted and in gratitude to Dr Nandita and each and every team member at SHARAN. No one can do it alone. It’s a co-operative endeavour and we all recognise that. Each one is special and unique in their own way. For all of us, SHARAN is not just another job….it’s a Movement.

Food for Thought


If you love Facebook, then join us to be supported on your plant based journey. We offer 3 possibilities from 1st Jan 2016.

1. SHARAN India
This is SHARAN’s main Facebook page which you can like and follow for getting useful daily updates and news from the plant based health world. You will also get news about the latest SHARAN events, see testimonials, and more.

2. SHARAN’s Vegan Support Group
This is an open support group to know more about vegan/plant-based lifestyle. Here you can ask questions and share inspiring stories, tips, recipes, etc.

3. SHARAN’s Plant Powered Health
This is the new group only for the past attendees of SHARAN’s events: seminars, cooking classes, retreats or longer programs.

All our doctors and presenters will be here to answer your questions and give you tips. If you have attended our events join this group to be a part of our family.

Please like the main SHARAN page and join the group(s) applicable to you.


How can SHARAN help you?

SHARAN conducts a variety of programs to kickstart your health. How do you know what to go for? How do you know what is applicable for you? Read on

1. If you want to know more about our work and whether its for you or not in the first place, come to one of our lunch meetings, free talks or film screenings or even webinars, or organise a talk for your housing co-operative, office, or community.

2. If you want to know exactly what you need to reverse diseases and how to do it, come to one of our 1 day events – Peas vs Pills, Reversing Diabetes and Hypertension

3. If you want to learn how to cook healthy come to our cooking classes

4. If you want to lose weight, check out our weight loss programs

5. If you want individualised instructions including how to reduce medications, then register for our consultations. This is especially good for people who are on lots of medications.

6. If you want to reverse diseases and see the results on the spot come to our 21 day Health Holiday. You will learn all of the above and with repeated lab reports and checks you will be able to reduce medications and see amazing results and more. We have lots of optional activities –  yoga, meditation, nature walks, sports, massages, art therapy, swimming and more to help you reconnect with yourself and cooking classes to make sure you can do it once you are back.

7. We are soon launching an online 21-day diabetes reversal program which will be effective if coupled with our consultations. This is specially for people who are in cities where we do not operate. These people can learn how to be free in the comfort of their own homes with the help of the internet.

Don’t delay getting back on track and enjoying health, vitality and abundant energy.

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Associate Reyna K Rupani, who is based in Mumbai. She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health & Weight loss program and also conducts Health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more. Find out how she has benefited in so many ways by going on a whole plant-based diet here

Sanctuary for Health and Re-connection to Animals and Nature (SHARAN) is a non-profit organisation with the goal of spreading awareness about holistic health and an ecologically sustainable compassionate lifestyle.

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