Indian Mom: The OG Enthusiast of Recycling and Sustainable Living

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Indian Mom: The OG Enthusiast of Recycling and Sustainable Living

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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nce upon a time, a disciple of Buddha asked him for a new robe. The robe that the disciple was wearing was in tatters. Buddha agreed, gave the disciple a new robe, but asked him what he did with the old one. The disciple said, “I made a curtain of it.” And the old curtain, Buddha asked. “Oh that, I turned into a bed sheet.” And the old bed sheet? “Oh that, I made a mop of it; it was in tatters.” And the mop? “The mop, dear lord, was reduced to a few strands, so I made wicks out of it and light one every evening.” Buddha believed the disciple was enlightened.

I think that disciple is an Indian mom.

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