[GiveIndia.org - Spreading a giving culture] Taste buds, follow them blindly

by BloggerFeed on Feb 24, 2012      Category: Others Tags: npsbm
We came across this very interesting story in the Times of India which is trying to sensitize ordinary people to the world of the visually challenged in a very innovative manner. It is the story of a restaurant called "Dark" where one eats without any light experiencing for himself (or herself) what a visually impaired person goes through every day and every minute of his/her life. And while doing so it is also providing opportunities for employment for the visually challenged.

This is no candlelight dinner, let alone a candle. In this restaurant shut off from light, you entrust yourself to those who've always known the dark, as well as an old friend - the visually-challenged.

True to its name, Dark is about letting the restaurant's blind waiters guide you as you subject yourself to a meal in the pitch black of its interiors.

One third of the place is unlit. "In these stressful times, we do not even enjoy the meals that we have. We gulp down the food in the morning before rushing to work, speak on the mobile during lunch and have dinner in front of the TV. When you have food in the dark, all such distractions are gone and you will focus only on the food. This ensures you really taste the food, allowing you to enjoy it," said Rabindranath Tagore, managing director, on Wednesday.

From the moment a customer steps into the room, he/she will be guided by a blind waiter. He will take him/her to the table, take orders, bring food, serve it and guide the customer back to the exit. The waiters have been trained by the National Association for the Blind (NAB).

"This is an employment opportunity for the blind as normally such profiles are not given to them. They may serve in the capacity of a receptionist or technician but never as waiters. This is a challenge -- they need to serve the right food at the right table. It is only their sense of hearing that will guide them," said M Srinivas, chief executive officer,

As of now, two persons have completed their training. NAB will offer manpower. Persons wearing night-vision goggles will assist them if the need arises.

C Chandrashekhar, one of the visually challenged employees, said, "I know the place like the back of my hand. There are six tables to the right and another six to the left. I know how many chairs are there with each table and where the cutlery is kept. This job is going to be interesting."

The restaurant will offer Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese food. The chef is from Vietnam. There will be combos on offer too for the unlit area of the restaurant. Dark has opened at Jeevan Bima Nagar.

Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-12-08/bangalore/30490099_1_taste-buds-food-waiters

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