January 28, 2013, Nairobi, Kenya:

Today India, in addition to being the largest democracy in the world, is a country of diverse languages, regional dance forms, dialects, food habits, political parties, and musical gharanas. Since past thousands of years, it has been the land of rituals, traditions, scriptures, practices, manuscripts, shlokas, mantras, and more. Indian contributions to various fields such as mathematics, medicine, yoga, science, life science, relationships, music, dance forms, and so on, are a result of study, research and experimentation. This wealth of information needs to be passed on to the next generations.

This priceless collection is not easily accessible to everyone and hence, very few of us are aware of its existence and practical importance. This motivated Vaishali Shah, born, brought up and educated in Mumbai- India, to bring old Indian times and new age technology together, in a fascinating manner, on the internet. She holds a post graduate degree in International Business from a reputed business school of India, in addition to possessing degrees such as Master of Commerce from Mumbai University, Diploma in Business Management and Diploma in Web Technologies, all studied in Mumbai and Pune, India. She was running an Internet company successfully in Mumbai before moving to Kenya after marriage. In addition, she has been studying various scriptures on Vedic culture, Itihaas such as Mahabharat, Bhagwad Geeta in various institutes like Chinmaya Mission, Iskon and Oxford University.

https://www.hinduscriptures.com is conceived and created by Vaishali Shah. It is a result of countless hours of research and study, done by Vaishali and her team, to collect genuine and authenticated content for the users. Technological advancements have been put into best use in presenting the content, and the features, in a manner most practical for everyday use. Core content is contributed by authorities in the field and hence authentic and complete. The institutes like Chinmaya Mission, Iskon, Vaidik Sanshodhan Mandal, Sharda Pith and many more in India have contributed the content to the site. USPs of the website are its completeness, authenticity, features, ease of practical use, elegant presentation, opportunity to participate in discussion forums, free registration, various courses available to choose from.

Goal is to create one stop portal for Indian scriptures belonging to various religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and so on, epics and books contributed by renowned gurus, scholars and institutions, compiled and presented in logical, scientific and rational manner. The website is an online platform for people across the globe to connect to scholars and Vedic scientists. They can interact with them and exchange their views and ideas. It is created keeping in view everyone’s needs and hence surfers from all age groups will benefit from it. The site will effectively support who want to save and promote libraries, manuscripts and rare books on Vedic culture. Online live support extended to all users will help clarify their doubts and queries. The website will be the cultural hub on internet with dedicated kids’ zone.

The mega launch event happened on January 28th at Oshwal centre auditorium, Nairobi, Kenya. The event was inaugurated under the auspices of chief guest Goswami Vaishnavacharya 108 Shree Dwarkeshlalji Mahodayashree from Ahmadabad, India, other honourable dignitaries like Umapatidas – chairman of Nairobi, Buddhist monk Wimala Bhanteji in Nairobi, Motivational speaker – Latesh Shah were present. Few political leaders like Hon. Chief whip Jakoyo Midiwo and Hon. Lands Minister James Orengo shared their views and best wishes.

Kamini Thakkar, the owner of a dance school in Nairobi presented the dances along with young girls of Swaminarayan temple and Iskcon temple. The event was attended by many dignitaries of the country.

The event was covered by major news channels of Kenya like KTN and NTV. The event was also got published in Business Daily, Asian Weekly and other prominent newspapers of Kenya. There was an interesting Radio interview of Vaishali Shah on EastFm Radio channel with Parveen Adam at 11 am on 28th January. It got a tremendous response from the Indian listeners not only in Kenya but also from viewers of other countries.