Rintu Kalyani Rathod has done it again! An edible chocolate Ganpati which will be immersed in milk for visarjan and fed to many underprivileged kids. This is not the first time she has undertaken this task, it is her 5th year of an edible Ganesha! A Ganpati celebration with a cause and a reason to bring smiles on so many faces.
Rintu is a designer turned into home baker. She has her own baking venture where she makes eggless cakes and pastries. After seeing Ganesh idols at the beach during visarjan and the pollution, Rintu decided to have an eco friendly Ganesha at home. She combined eco friendly along with human friendly and thus was born the chocolate Ganesha!
Stylewhack team had a chat with Rintu and tried to understand this woman and her motivation behind this innovative way of celebrating Ganesh Festival –
Rintu and her Edible Ganpati this Year
This year the Ganpati idol stands almost 5 feet tall. It is made from more than 50 kgs of chocolate and 60 hours of devoted labour. Rintu had a big smile when she spoke about the Ganesh idol, “The world knows him as the chocolate Ganesha but I know it’s not just chocolate, he is born out of my soul. It took me more than 50 kg of chocolate, 60 hours and tremendous amount of love.“
Smiles on the Kids’ Faces
This year is no different and the Ganesh idol will be immersed in milk and fed to kids for whom it is a treat. Rintu talks passionately about the prasad distribution, “Like every year he will stay in this form for five days and then he will be transformed into the smiles of hundreds of underprivileged kids. As always Visarjan will be in milk and then those children will become one with the divinity forever when they will consume the chocolate milk as prasad.”
Rintu Rathod not only is creating a change at her home but also inspiring many people to adopt this new method of celebration. This year she conducted classes and taught as many people as possible to make their own chocolate Ganeshas. An awakening started by Rintu which is changing the lives of so many! Rintu says, “I have kept my promise made to bappa. This year I have taught choco bappa to as many people as I can. People have adopted this concept across the globe. Change is definitely happening.”
That’s not all
She also rendered her unique contribution to Narendra Modi’s ‘Selfie with Daughter’ campaign aimed at saving the girl child. Rintu prepared a cake in the shape of an abandoned girl child. She named it as ‘Save the Girl Child’. People asked her in horror whether she will cut the cake which is a miniature baby. To this question, she replied “Feeling so much for the cake? Why not think about the actual girls and do something for them.”
Rintu indeed is an unsung hero making the world a better place to live. If all of us strive to be righteous than being just religious, it will make a whole lot of difference. Let the Bappa reside in us as Rintu rightly says, “After all, bappa’s favorite place to reside is inside us, nowhere else.”