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Meat-free diets can be nutritious and joyful. This idea was discussed from various angles at the 6th Poto Nutrifest Y2K 2012, which the KPC School of Nutrition had organised in association with The Telegraph between November 22 and 24.

The theme for the fest, “The Veg Tiffin Box”, was met with praise at an engaging panel discussion. While urologist Mohan Seal said a vegetarian diet was good for the kidney, RJ Shekhar of Fever FM spoke about his love for everything niramish and Sudhir Maheshwari of Mystic Yoga stressed on the detox effect of such a diet. Actress Moubani Sorcar had a secret to share: “I have found the best way to achieve that perfect figure a veg diet!”

If that wasn’t enough, the students of St. James’ School prepared Rajasthani snacks to keep everyone in a good mood. Attended by students and people from all walks of life, the fest was, in fact, all about fun. If Antakshari, extempore and creative writing were some of the highlights of day one, an interesting quiz kept everybody busy on the second. “The quiz was open to all and there were participants from corporate houses (like IBM and Tata Steel), colleges, universities and those not attached with any organisation,” said Payel Bhattacharya, in-charge, community nutrition and senior dietician, KPC School of Nutrition. Anindya Chatterjee of Chandrabindoo, Sidhu of Cactus and actor Abhishek Chatterjee came up with impromptu quizzes and games that made the event even more special.

Another attraction was Nutrifair for which many stalls were set up. “The fair was about spreading awareness and information on things like diarrhoea among children, lifestyle issues like weight and body image, and nutrition,” said Krishna Das, director of KPC School of Nutrition.

To wind up the three-day fest, a unique prize distribution ceremony was held. Children from the Calcutta Muslim Orphanage were invited to hand over certificates and trophies to the winners.

The fest, held at Rabindra Sadan, was inaugurated in the presence of Malay Ghatak, minister of agriculture, Farzana Alam, deputy mayor of Calcutta Municipal Corporation, and Angela Ghosh, headmistress of St. James’ School (junior section) among others.

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Pictures by Pabitra Das and Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya