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01
Feb
17

Vegan Musicians on Veganism: Neerajan Saha

Neerajan Saha
Age: 25 
Sound engineer, solo composer / arranger , freelance guitar player
When, how and why did you go vegan?
Well, no one in my family has ever been vegetarian. As a child I liked only eggs, avoided eating meat ’cause I read a Buddhist quote somewhere that said killing animals was wrong. Since the 3rd standard, always had a dog by my side all the time, mostly a stray. neerajansahaThe concept of co-existence began to dawn upon me. Then in my adolescence and early adulthood, fitness became a priority and so started eating lots of meat with all the bullshit health and escapist ethics justifications. Heard about Hollywood stars going vegan, thought its an unnecessary action. “Survival of the fittest” etc. Until August 2014, was consuming 6 eggs EVERYDAY and chicken whenever I could. But I’d had enough of my own contradictions and one fine morning went vegetarian. By the end of 2014, became aware of dairy industry cruelty and went fully vegan.
Do you have any nonhuman companions?
Yes, right now I have one adopted labrador, “Ditto” ..who’s called that because he looks exactly like my previous labrador Khushi, who passed away in September 2015. And a rescued Golden Retriever: Mithi. And a goldfish: Tuni
Do you help animals in any way?
I carry drinking water and 3 chapatis daily for the strays in front of my office. And the occasional helping out of injured animals..sending them to shelters etc.
What do you think is the way forward for veganism in India? 
 The ways forward for veganism are: Taking into account that the majority India is only recently starting to eat meat… though we are pretty diverse in food cultures all over India.. animal lovers JUST need to be made aware of the ground cruelties against animals in EVERY industry they are used in. It can be done by i> Hardcore activism, processions, attention grabbing, making people wonder “What the fuck are vegans so pissed about all the time?!” ..and / or ii> established people from all walks of life occasionally putting out statements in defense of animals or saying a word or two about the animal industry cruelties.
Physical and mental changes you’ve noticed since going vegan?
Aware ALL THE TIME that nonhuman earthlings are SHARING the Earth WITH US, they aren’t here FOR us. So, other than helping out obviously “cute” and “sad” looking neerajan_sahaanimals, my treatment of random insects (dangerous or not)  ants, a sudden lizard on the road etc..has totally changed. I make sure I get them away from me without harming them.
Physical changes :- Well FIRSTLY, I haven’t been to the doctor or taken any medicine a SINGLE TIME ever since I went vegan, EXCEPT when I had a motorcycle accident.
I have also bulked up, eating ONLY dal-rice, alu parathas in office and Nutrilite plant protein powder, and tofu paneer twice a month.
What kind of food do you like and dislike?
I dislike slimy Indian preparations of vegetables. Tofu paneer is the shizz.
Tell me about your most memorable meal and restaurants you like to visit.
Veg momos in Bikramgar branch of Denzong Kitchen. AND Mysore Masala Dosa in Acropolis Mall. Tastes like heaven.
01
Feb
17

Vegan Musicians on Veganism: Devesh Dayal (Skyharbor, Goddess Gagged)

Devesh Dayal

Age: 23

Bands: Skyharbor/Goddess Gagged

When, how and why did you go vegan?

I went vegan in October of 2015. It was a combination of a few things converging at the same time. My bandmate Keshav had gone vegan a few months before, but hadn’t been advocating it very hard so nobody really even knew. He’d just quietly mention that he was “off meat and dairy” for the foreseeable future, and would provide some eye opening insight about why he made that decision. He never really used the deveshdayaldreaded V word. At the same time, my girlfriend Selina decided to try eating vegan 6 days a week for dietary/health reasons. That buttered me up and made me realize it’s not that hard to do, and vegan food is delicious. But the real clincher was when I watched the documentary Earthlings, which introduced me to the concept of species-ism for the very first time. Within the first ten minutes of that documentary, I was done. I didn’t want to contribute to that mass suffering just for my own enjoyment. I made a Facebook post announcing my mental shift, and also talking about the guilt I felt for mindlessly engaging in such destructive behavior for 21 years of my life. That Facebook post helped to sort of keep myself accountable for my decision, so I wouldn’t go back on it later. I then went on to binge read Vegan Sidekick comics, and could not believe how illogically I had been living my entire life beforehand.

Do you have any nonhuman companions?

I don’t, but I wish I did!

Do you help animals in any way?

I try to help them by engaging non-vegans in productive discussions about what’s wrong with animal agriculture. Generally advocating veganism as much as possible without being too preachy.

What do you think is the way forward for veganism in India?

The market for fake animal products needs to ramp up. Vegan butter, vegan mayo, vegan cheese, fake meats, etc make being vegan much easier. It would be cool if we started to see vegan versions of beloved Indian food/drink items like lassi, kulfi, paneer, etc. Environmentally, so many people claim to care about water conservation in India, so I think educating the masses about how much water animal agriculture wastes will also be a big step forward. If we could get the whole country to watch Cowspiracy, we’d see some big changes for sure.

Physical and mental changes you’ve noticed since going vegan?

The physical changes are awesome! I’m much more energetic, I no longer get heartburn, and I stopped feeling uncomfortably full after meals. Mentally, I feel more in tune with devesh_dayalmyself and more conscious of my impact on the earth and it’s inhabitants. But the downside to that is being acutely aware of the mass animal suffering that everyday humans are causing without a second thought. And that can be really depressing. When I went vegan, it was the most surreal experience ever. Overcoming that cognitive dissonance and realizing I lived in a world where the systematic killing of innocent lives for trivial enjoyment was completely normalized…that realization was super trippy.  But it also feels good a lot of the times, when you notice how many people are taking part in the revolution. And it’s growing exponentially stronger everyday!

What kind of food do you like and dislike?

I like most food, and I’ve gotten to a point where I’ll tolerate pretty much anything (apart from animal products of course). I have a theory that it’s an individual’s choice to like or dislike a food item, it’s all in your head and if you open yourself up to something you didn’t enjoy the taste of before, you will tolerate it and eventually come to like it. That being said, my absolute favorite dishes are mushroom risotto, penne arrabiata, and pretty much anything with gratuitous amounts of avocado.

Tell me about your most memorable meal and restaurants you like to visit.

It’s really hard to pinpoint one most memorable meal, since going vegan has opened up a whole new world of flavors and foods, and my girlfriend cooks an unfathomably large variety of dishes that are all incredible. But one of my favorite restaurants is called Life Alive in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their menu is totally focused on organic, fresh ingredients and they create some of the most delicious rice bowls and wraps that I’ve ever eaten in my life. The “Swami bowl” is my go to item there.

LIST: 13 Indian Musicians You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

29
Jan
17

Vegan Musicians on Veganism: Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor, White Moth Black Butterfly)

Keshav Dhar 

Age: 29 
Bands: Skyharbor, White Moth Black Butterfly
When, how and why did you go vegan?
August of 2015, after several personal experiences that led me to make a drastic change in my lifestyle.
Do you have any nonhuman companions?
No.
Do you help animals in any way?
keshavdhar

Photo credit: Akshat Nauriyal

I feed any animals I can, other than that I help them by leaving them alone and not involving them or their byproducts in my lifestyle whatsoever.

What do you think is the way forward for veganism in India? 
Education.
Physical and mental changes you’ve noticed since going vegan?
More vitality, less stress, healthy weight loss, much greater peace of mind overall.
What kind of food do you like and dislike?
I’m not picky at all. We eat to live, not live to eat, and I enjoy almost anything you put in front of me.
Tell me about your most memorable meal and restaurants you like to visit.
Momofuku in New York is certainly at or near the very top of the list. I was apprehensive about what vegan options would be available at a place so renowned for it’s non-vegetarian food, but I was absolutely blown away by that meal. I don’t think any of us in the group that was eating together, spoke a single word from the moment our food arrived to the moment the plates were polished clean.
29
Jan
17

Vegan Musicians on Veganism: Arjun Iyer (Eatshootleave, Gumbal, Barty’s Path)

Arjun Iyer

Age: 29

Bands: Eatshootleave (folk/punk rock), Gumbal (space/alternative rock), Barty’s Path (World Music/Orchestral solo project)

When, how and why did you go vegan? 

I’d always felt guilty whenever I’d consumed eggs and dairy having seen Earthlings a few years ago. And yet I’d be the first one to call people out on any form of animal cruelty. One day, last May, I decided I’d have to stop  being a hypocrite and went vegan overnight.

Do you have any nonhuman companions? 

arjuniyerMy sisters (both vegans) and I have adopted/rescued two stray cats back in my house in Navi Mumbai. I live alone in Khar in a tiny studio apartment and run an erratic work schedule, so I don’t have any companions IN the place, but I have adopted a few strays on the street, two of whom (Galileo and Jean-Pierre) I brought along from my previous rented place.

What do you think is the way forward for veganism in India? 

Veganism, as a concept, is still extremely new in the country. With all our regional cuisines being rich in milk or ghee or curd, it’s unfathomable to the common man, along with the misinformation that people receive since childhood about milk being healthy. With the whole ‘cows are sacred’ notion, people even believe that dairy cows in India are treated very well, dismissing videos from western countries as being limited to their land. Video outreaches can go a long way in dispelling that myth, as will talking about it and spreading awareness. It has seen a sudden spurt in interest, though, with newspaper articles on the subject and new restaurants devoting sections on their menu to vegan dishes, and all of this bodes really well for the future of animal liberation awareness in India.

Physical and mental changes you’ve noticed since going vegan? 

Physically, I haven’t noticed much, because of all the vegan junk food I consume, living alone (my first 7-8 months of veganism were spent in a flat without a kitchen). Mentally, I feel free and unburdened of the guilt that used to prick me everytime I’d dig into a dish an animal had to suffer for. I do realize though, that the fight isn’t over and it still hurts me to see the casual violence we inflict upon them without a second thought.

What kind of food do you like and dislike?

arjuniyer1I really love homemade food (especially my mum’s south Indian stuff) and now that I have a kitchen, I experiment with a whole bunch of cuisines. I love cooking! The only cuisine that really doesn’t go well with my system is Chinese food. I’ve pretty much gotten over them.

Tell me about your most memorable meal and restaurants you like to visit.

The Khow Suey at Eat Thai is absolutely amazing! They have a whole bunch of vegan dishes, all delicious. Some other great places (apart from the yum tiny local places that are easily veganisable) I’d recommend are Lemon Leaf, The Yoga House and Smokehouse Deli (which has a dedicated vegan section). Oh, and if you’re in Goa, Bean Me Up is an all vegan restaurant with a great selection of dishes.

Check out Arjun’s bands: Eatshootleave | Gumbal | Barty’s Path

LIST: 13 Indian Musicians You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

OTHER VEGAN MUSICIANS:
28
Jan
17

Vegan Musicians on Veganism: Kush Mishra (Arthashastra)

Kush Mishra

Age: 20 years 

Band: Arthashastra

When, how and why did you go vegan?

kushmishraBeing born in a Brahmin family I was vegetarian already. I was raised in the best way by my parents – they made me value every life present on earth. But I was not vegan till the time I watched this video by PETA on cows, pigs and poultry birds… that’s when I decided to go vegan!

Do you have any animal companions?

I adopted two German Shepherds – Hitler and Eva. Before them I was having a female Pomeranian named Toffee.

Do you help animals in any way?

In my previous years i wanted to become a doctor and that too a veterinary one! I used to take care of all the stray dogs in my society and I always keep water and bajra seeds on terrace for birds.

What do you think is the way forward for veganism in India?

I think the best way to promote veganism is to make people realize that we have plenty of options in vegetables and fruits to eat from rather than to kill and satisfy our hunger and please taste buds temporarily! This earth is not only a place for humans but every other organism!

How has veganism changed you?

kushmishra_drummerAfter going vegan i felt that I become more polite and caring towards human and animals and more healthier obviously… my body is free from any kind of toxic substances.

What kind of food do you like?

I am actually a foodie and i love eating stuff which is free from any kind of animal products! I love momos, dosas, pav bhaji, cutlets… I will never eat any non-vegan food!

Tell me where you’ve had a dish you can’t forget.

I remember going to this restaurant mall called Captain’s Cavalry where I had the best vegan spring rolls ever!

LIST: 13 Indian Musicians You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

OTHER VEGAN MUSICIANS:
27
Jan
17

Vegan Musicians on Veganism: Shashwat Gupta (Narsil, IIIrd Sovereign, Undying Inc.)

Shashwat Gupta
Bands: Narsil (2004-2010) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmNBNhfA-Gk 
IIIrd Sovereign (2009)
Undying Inc. (2004)
Oritus (2005)
 
I am a dietary vegan and I became one for health reasons. However with that being said, I do not use dead animal skin, so my shoes, wallet, belt are all ‘pu’. I like it, I feel great and why not. I lost 30 kgs by eating more than I ever have. I have clarity in my life and work that I have never had before. I am patient and my temperament and stamina is better.
 
shashhwatguptaSo I became a vegan because I shifted to a house near a badminton club which has 8 badminton courts, I made some friends who played badminton there and after a few days of playing with them I realized, I can’t run, I can’t hit, I can’t move and basically I cannot play. I was about 122 kgs of no skill or stamina. Either I give up of improve myself were the only two choices. In the past having tried and miserably failing on a high protein, high fat, low carb vegetarian diet post which I only got bigger, I was determined to find a solution to this problem. I had three criterias that I knew needed to be met if I was to do another diet.
 
1. I will not stay hungry – This also meant I will restrict on type of food but not on quantity. Anyways staying hungry has always been illogical to me.
 
2. I exercise when I can exercise – I got other things to do sometimes, man.
 
3. Eat anytime I want/can – “You must have breakfast before 10 and lunch by 2 and dinner before 6pm”. I understand the merits of this and intermittent fasting but I am a regular international traveler, I am busy with things besides eating and I need to eat when I am hungry. 
 
Becoming a vegan solved these for me and now although still overweight at 90 kgs, I am slowly shaping up more. The badminton is now great!
 
shashwatgupta_vegantransformation

Before & After

The kind of food he likes and dislikes
I love all fruits especially watermelons. I  usually have a high carb potato rice diet. I try and avoid oils and soy products.
There is very little in the vegan world I dislike – I guess I am not a big fan of green tea.
 
Restaurants he visits
Brownice (Singapore)
NSEW Fusion Cafe (Singapore)
nomVnom (Singapore)
Udipi (Singapore)
SoupSpoon (Singapore)
The best dish he has had

Vege Curry rice @ NSEW fusion cafe. (Once a week for sure!)

LIST: 13 Indian Musicians You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

OTHER VEGAN MUSICIANS:
27
Jan
17

Vegans Musicians on Veganism: Prateek Gautam (Severed)

Prateek Gautam

Age: 23, born 13th April 1993, Maharajganj, Basti, UP

Band: Severed (modern thrash metal)

When, how and why did you go vegan?

At a very young age of 8 my father took me to a meat shop. That’s where I saw the truth for the first time, and fell sick for 3 days, I became vegetarian. Before watching Gary’s video on YouTube and following you on Facebook, I followed PETA on social network and in real life. Many animal activist criticize the way PETA tries to bring any issue to the light, that PETA is all about money, that they exploit one species to save the other (showing naked women to grab attention) which I also feel is true, but in last 36 years they have done some really good work. After watching those horrific, prateekgauutam_severedbandsaddening videos taken from farms, slaughter houses made by Peta during their investigation, operations etc. I quit all leather/wool/fur products.

I came to know about veganism through one of their campaigns. I felt it was ridiculous, and that taking milk from animals does not do any harm to them, strong bhakt like individual, “gai hamari mata hai” and all those stuffs. After having a lot of debates with non- vegetarians, where they constantly pointed out that milk products are no different than any other animal product, I started digging about veganism again. Honestly, I was not ready to give up milk, cheese, yogurt, and any products related to dairy, I did not had the courage to go vegan. Meanwhile I adopted a kitten, she must have been around 3 weeks old. So cute, so adorable. I had no idea of how to take care of a kitten, gave her some really heavy cat food, which I think she couldn’t digest, and fell sick. The local veterinary doctor couldn’t diagnose the problem and made her condition worse. She died 3 days later.

That’s where I decided to go vegan, to speak about animal cruelty and their rights, January 2014. Followed many people, watched many videos, two and a half years now. It was not that hard as I thought it would be.

Do you have any nonhuman companions?

I have two adopted dogs, both crossbred. Johnny – around 9 years, and Rocky – around 4 years.

I had a deer named Jackie – saved and adopted by my family. Some local villagers stole him and killed him for his leather and body parts.

Do you help animals in any way?

Mostly I go to whenever I get chance to go to Krupa Animal Shelter in Kengeri, Bangalore.

What do you think is the way forward for veganism in India?

Education. I must say that most Indians are arrogant, stupid, and very annoying. We take prateekgautam_severedbandpride in really stupid and silly things. The religion we belong to, the caste we belong to, the language we speak, the money we have in our accounts etc. Most of the people who know about veganism in India take it as a threat to their community, religion, to their business and so most of the time we don’t get the response we want. People have been brain washed really bad on the name of religion, for profit, for exploiting our fellow beings.

Mass brainwashing has helped these animal industries to grow to a huge level. Today these industries contribute to the country’s GDP, have heavily subsidised the products which is why poor class, and middle class society of India are dependent on them. These powerful, multi-billion dollar industries have severely affected our education system as well. Government doesn’t give a fuck about it, because profit values comes before moral values.

Banning products won’t help veganism to grow in any way, instead will have a negative impact. We must focus on our education system if we really want veganism to flourish not just in India but anywhere.

prateekgautamPhysical or mental changes you’ve noticed since going vegan.

I was very addicted to tea. Whenever I missed morning tea, my whole day went bad because of headache and tiredness. No more headaches now, not dependent on tea anymore and also I feel much better than before.

What kind of food do you like?

Anything hot and spicy! My favourite is soy biryani, which I make whenever I’m home, and I love french beans also – I fry them with a lot of spices!

Where have you had your most memorable meal?

New Arya Bhawan on M.G. Road, Bangalore, serves the best chhole and aloo paratha! Momo stalls and restaurants in Durgakund, Varanasi opposite Sunbeam School have the best vegan momos. I think these stalls and restaurants serve the best momos in the country. Also, fried idli stalls in the same area. Masala dosa and idlis with chutney and sambhar are all-time favourites, and I also love dal khichadi and am a huge fan of mushrooms!

LIST: 13 Indian Musicians You Didn’t Know Were Vegan

OTHER VEGAN MUSICIANS

Jayaprakash Satyamurthy | Hassan Amin | Debarati Das | Shakti Singh




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