:CHAITRAS BLOG: My choice of Lifestyle


  • :BLOG: Pandemic has created a global health crisis, managed to change the way we perceive our world and has restricted our everyday lives. The technology in other hand has advanced more and billions of them have been lingering on to zoom calls for business meet and interviews for over a month now. I have been working from home for the past 60days now, it has become my norm. I would like to share my experience of giving an online interview about Veganism.
  • Chaitra Shamraya blogs about her experience from working and living in Norway. From the student life in the village of Volda on the Norwegian west coast to the struggle with starting her career as an international journalist and an activist in Oslo, as well as working to establish he r PhD project.  In the summer of 2019, she started as a co-worker at Oslo Media House, where she is a very active contributor in journalism, as a speaker as well as freedom of speech activist.

The schools around the world have closed their doors to slow down the spread of the virus, bringing the classrooms online. While online classes are running smoothly as it comes with the comfort of staying at home but has challenged students with their projects. I contacted a few International students of Høgskulen I Volda, to know how they are coping up with this change as being quarantined in a different country away from their family. 


The student talked about how challenging it is to make an interview-based documentary project which is part of the curriculum when the schools are closed it is difficult to borrow camera equipment and get access to libraries and books. The level of challenge intensifies as one cannot see each other to conduct interviews, and meet in person to film and record for authenticity. As technology plays a vital role in days of quarantine, millions of us are connecting online and making the ends meet. 


When the students asked if I am willing to be part of the project, I agreed to help and pushed some of my deadlines away to make a virtual interview-based documentary clip. The theme to the project is veganism and I had to film myself answering a set of questions. I wanted to make it interesting by filming additional clips, I have attached part one of the interview below.

Let us begin with what is Veganism?

Veganism is defined as a lifestyle that is dedicated to excluding the use of animals in food, clothing, products and entertainment. It is an ideology that is against the cruelty, exploitation, and suffering of animals. Veganism is not a diet unlike following a vegetarian diet in terms of choices of not including dairy products and not all vegetarians are vegans.

In India, you have vegetarians, flexitarians, pescatarians, people who do not intake meat on Tuesdays, Friday and Saturday. So plant-based was just another diet to me I heard back in 2011, I read an article but I was still ignorant to the whole concept until I watched a few documentaries about the dairy industry that changed everything. I follow a plant-based intermittent diet, it allows a 16-hour fasting window and you consume all of the calories and proteins during the remaining 8 hours. You are flexible to choose your window ( 9 a.m. to 5 p.m / 10 a.m. to 6 p.m / noon to 8 p.m.)

I live in Norway, I still wear a woollen sweater which was handed to me by my friends and bought from a thrift shop. So I do not call myself vegan but I just don't buy animal-tested body products, I choose natural and organic products such as hemp chapstick and lip gloss. I have decided to follow this lifestyle because I feel compassion & empathy for every sentient being, it has improved my health as it reduces the risk of foodborne illness, and for the environment.

I intake a balanced diet like:

-fruits and vegetables, which can be fresh, frozen, or canned in water

-I prefer fresh fruit smoothie with dates and peanut butter as the first meal of the day

-I add homemade granola, 2 drops of B12, a teaspoon on spirulina for extra fibre, protein, magnesium and iron,

-I made a jar mix of crunchy buckwheat, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, hemp, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and cranberries.

My dinner is a big meal which usually includes the following

-whole grains including quinoa, brown rice,

-lean protein sources, such as beans, lentils, tofu, nuts, seeds and fresh vegetables

-healthful fats from coconuts, avocados, peanut butter, and tahini

Following this diet is about choosing a compassionate life, understanding the nature of fasting and how it relates to spiritual growth to raise vibration, expand consciousness and positively thrive in your life. The purity of food is necessary to maintain the desired state of mind that leads to enlightenment. As you realize that you’ve finally made the right choice of eating quality plant-based food, keeping a track of food intake, be more aware of what you feed to your body and how the body reacts to the different food and dietary staple.

Just follow the diet for a week to ensure a pure heart, long life, cheerful spirit, and you will feel the transition in the ways you process your thoughts, strength, happiness, you gain health, you gain a greater sense of living in bounds with your values, you gain all the environmental benefits. Don’t waste time, it is a decision not to live in ignorance and that's the quality of life itself.

Start making your transition now!