Many people are talking about Rintu Kalyani Rathod, the woman who has been in the news for the wonderfully creative Ganesha idol that she made using chocolate. It had no added preservatives and was decorated with edible colors, as the purpose behind the idol was to distribute it as food among those who could never afford a treat like this. To maintain good hygiene, Rintu ensured that the idol was kept in an air-conditioned room. On September 21, 2015, the idol was immersed in 90 liters of milk and the chocolate milk was then distributed among underprivileged children. But Chocolate Ganesha idols are not the only things that she should be applauded and recognized for. Here are some of the other incredible things she has done, that you should know about. Rintu used to go for regular morning walks along the Juhu beach of Mumbai. The sight of broken Ganesha idols strewn all over the beach was not tolerable for the Ganesha follower in her. Just like the Chocolate Ganesha, Sugar Ganesha was also immersed in milk and distributed among the underprivileged kids. Rintu was a commercial designer by profession. But after her son was born, she wanted to be a full time, hands-on mother. This desire, combined with her passion for baking, led her to leave the job and start a home baking company called Rini Bakes – Bake My Dreams, a company which specializes in three-dimensional, egg-less cakes. On Christmas of 2014, Rintu surprised the kids at Access Life, an NGO, committed to working with and making a difference in the lives of children diagnosed with, or receiving treatment, for Cancer. She went there, along with her husband Nimesh Rathod and their son, and gifted the children a beautiful ginger house-cake and some very tasty gingerbread cookies prepared by her. All the kids were overjoyed with this sweet gesture. In July this year, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the citizens to start the ‘Selfie with Daughter’ campaign to save the girl child, Rintu came up with a unique idea. She made a cake in the shape of an abandoned girl child and named it as ‘Save the Girl Child’. When people asked her if she will cut this cake, this is how she answered-Rintu was not alone in making the chocolate Ganeshas this year. She gathered 100 baker friends of hers and encouraged them to bake 30 cupcakes each. These 3000 cupcakes were turned into a beautiful cupcake Ganesha rangoli at the Ramakrishna Mission in Khar. The cakes were then distributed among children there.
When the earthquake struck Nepal on April 24 this year, Rintu wanted to help. She, along with her team of housewives, texted people on WhatsApp and asked them for help. In no time, about 1 lakh theplas were gathered from all over Mumbai. Jet Airways helped in sending the consignment of these theplas and an NGO called Nari Bikas Sangha distributed them among various villages affected by the quake.
She will conduct free workshops in 2016 to teach the procedure of making a Chocolate Ganesha idol. “Everyone feels pride in making a Ganesha idol bigger than the previous year. I too wish to make my Ganesha bigger and better every year so that I can help more kids to get a smile on their face,” she says.
Not content with this, Rintu now wants to take this idea further and help anyone who wants to make chocolate Ganeshas of their own and distribute in their neighborhood. Says she,
(Text Source: The Better India)
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