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No Fear No Favour

This Delhi cafe ‘Echoes’ run and managed completely by Deaf And Mute staff, And It’s pretty Darn Awesome!

When it comes to coffee and restaurants0, everyone has their preferences. Some would prefer Costa over Barista, and others would simply stick to CCD, but there is one coffee restaurant in Delhi which is not famous as above coffee chained but it needs to be on the top of your bucket list, and the name of the restaurant is ‘Echoes’.

But, what it is about ‘Echoes’ at Satya Niketan makes them stand out of the crowd among the leading world coffee chains? The answer is the staff. All the people working in ‘Echoes’ is managed by deaf and mute staff. Yes, it’s true.

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The voices behind the ‘Echoes’ are Kshitij Behl and Shivansh Kumar. The restaurant is situated right opposite of the Venkateshwara College, Delhi. Aside from serving reasonably priced food and beverages, the cafe’s deaf and mute staff has made it a standout in the restaurant game. By now, you might be thinking about the challenge of communicating with the staff, don’t worry, the duo have you covered. How? Read on.

Signalling a waiter is the first step in a series of communication with the staff. A light bulb is used to grab the waiters’ attention to a table. To place your order, the customer had to write out their order on a notepad and give it to those serving. For other things like spoons, water, forks etc there are specially made placards which can be shown to the waiters and they shall serve you immediately. Kshitij Behl and Shivansh Kumar plan to hire only the differently abled even in future to run their cafe. After the cafe run by acid attack victims, this is another one that will tingle not just your taste buds but also the chords of your heart.

Aside from government aid to the disabled people, this is first of its kind that ordinary people are taking an initiative to give these people a platform so that they can mix well with the society. Even the deaf and mute or those with other physical shortcomings have the right to earn a living and live a life of dignity.

So, now you know where to head this Sunday with your gang.

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