In July 2012, at a Vipassana potluck lunch get together, a bowl with mildly flavored, steamed collard greens caught my eye. I was immediately convinced that this individual was following some version of plant based diets. I sought out this individual. It turned out to be a friend I already knew. He mentioned that he was following some teacher in India who speaks and writes in Telugu. I didn't pay much attention because I don't know Telugu. I didn't get a name.
In December 2012, in a memorable conversation in front of a fountain outside Google, a second friend mentioned the same teacher. This time around, I got a name: Dr Manthena Raju, which I noted down in my cell phone. A few days later, I started digging deeper on the Internet. Information in English was not readily available. I chanced upon web pages by Sudheendra Rao, who is finishing his Ph.D. in Physics at IIT Kanpur. He maintains a folder with PDF files in English explaining Dr Raju's system. Sudheendra was very helpful — he is reachable at email@example.com. Within minutes of receiving my email, he responded. In a 90-minute Skype session, he explained to me the big picture of Dr Raju's food guidelines. At IIT Kanpur, he and a small set of his friends follow these guidelines quite faithfully. A larger group of about 20 students follow these guidelines to various degrees of approximation.
Within a week of getting the big picture from Sudheendra, I adopted several of Dr Raju's guidelines.
My implementation is not exactly in alignment with the guidelines. However, I have picked up many important components. Over time, my immersion will be complete.