From Mess To Mindfulness: Meet The Man Who Started Sattvik Food Mess In IIT Varanasi

Explore how passion for quality food and wellness.

by Mallika Khurana
From Mess To Mindfulness: Meet The Man Who Started Sattvik Food Mess In IIT Varanasi

In India’s educational hub, IIT Varanasi, there exists a culinary gem that has captured the hearts and taste buds of students: the Sattvik Mess. This gastronomic haven isn’t just any ordinary mess; it’s a testament to the passion, dedication, and vision of one individual – Saurabh Bothra. The story of the Sattvik Mess begins with a common woe among students – dissatisfaction with traditional mess facilities. Saurabh, alongside his batchmates, recognised the dire need for change. 

Saurabh Bothra’s Sattvik Mess Journey

Photo Credits: Sattvik Mess/Website

Traditional messes often left a sour taste in the mouths of students, serving up subpar, uninspired fare. Vegetarian students, in particular, found themselves grappling with concerns about the quality and origin of the food served. Against this backdrop of culinary discontent, Saurabh and his comrades embarked on a mission to revolutionise dining at IIT Varanasi.

Their goal was ambitious yet noble: to establish a Sattvik mess that not only provided students with sustenance but also nourished their bodies and souls. With a price per plate set at ₹50, what awaited within those walls was nothing short of a culinary revelation.

Pure, unadulterated flavours were preferred over onions and garlic in every dish prepared at Sattvik Mess, which was created with great care and attention to detail. The use of slow cooking methods ensured that the components remained whole and gave every bite an extraordinary flavour. Not only was the food nourishing, but it also embodied the essence of Sattvik dining—a harmonious blend of flavours.

Despite Saurabh’s graduation from IIT, the legacy of the Sattvik Mess lives on, a testament to its enduring popularity and success. The management has upheld Saurabh’s vision, ensuring that current students continue to enjoy the same exceptional quality and taste that made the mess a beloved institution.

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From Campus Cuisine To Wellness Empire


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But Saurabh’s journey doesn’t end there. Fueled by his passion for health and wellness, he embarked on a new chapter in his life, founding Habuild – India’s leading Habit-Building company. Drawing upon his expertise and experience, Saurabh has cultivated a thriving community dedicated to fostering positive habits and embracing a healthier lifestyle.

At Habuild, Saurabh and his team have combined traditional wisdom with modern techniques to empower individuals on their journey towards wellness. From online yoga sessions to mindful journaling, Habuild offers a comprehensive array of programs designed to nurture both body and mind.

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When it comes to healthy eating habits, Habuild advocates for balance and moderation. Saurabh understands that the key to long-term success lies not in deprivation, but in enjoying a diverse range of nutritious foods while still savouring the occasional indulgence. By incorporating healthy alternatives and practising mindful eating, individuals can embark on a journey towards wellness without sacrificing flavour or enjoyment.

From Sattvik Mess to Habuild, Saurabh Bothra represents the transformative power of passion and purpose.

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