This cafe in Bhilai is a sign of changing times: Employs only transgender and differently abled people -


June 14, 2017

This cafe in Bhilai is a sign of changing times: Employs only transgender and differently abled people

This cafe in Bhilai is a sign of changing times: Employs only transgender and differently abled people

Every now and then we see something on the Internet, a sign of changing times, happening somewhere in the country that melts our hearts. Be it animal care and adoption centers, or cabs are driven by women and for women, or something else, it helps us restore our faith in the fact that humanity is still out there. In another news recently, a café in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, is winning hearts on the Internet for its sweet gesture of providing employment to differently able and transgendered people. Called The ‘Nukkad Teafe’, it employs only people with visual and speech impairment and transgendered people.
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The café is more than just good food, cozy, and quirky interiors. It is about a social cause. Think about it, every penny you spend there will be for a good cause. It is clearly much more worth than just clicking pictures and sharing on Snapchat and Instagram. In fact, the café even urges you to leave your phone aside and go back to days where one would have a meaningful conversation with strangers, and if you agree to deposit your phone till you are there, they give you a 10 percent discount on the total bill!
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Apart from just food and hanging out, you can actually learn how to communicate in sign language, read books, recite poems, meet like-minded people, play board games, make new friends in the real world instead of Facebook and actually live your life in Nukkad! Whoa! Take my money already!
Keeping in mind that the café’s employees are physically challenged, the interesting menu of the café is designed smartly in a way that you can easily spell it using sign language, it’s all about empowering the people who are usually considered weak by the society.

With its other branches spread across Chhattisgarh, the café’s owner and founder Priyank Patel not only wanted to help the differently-abled but also change their life. After working several years with many NGOs, he created a space where young people could meet, share ideas, form groups, and venture into something that would give an opportunity to these people to be self-reliant. He first started his first Teafe in 2013, and ever since then has been changing lives.

Apart from this social cause, they also have incorporated some other initiatives. While the Digital Detox initiative that lets one avail discounts by keeping phones away, there are others like Gyaan Daan, Bill by Dil,, Tea and Tones, etc.

For their Bill by Dil initiative, they celebrated its anniversary by declaring a bill-free day. Customers can pay as much as they want for the services and food. And for their Gyaan Daan, the café works as a library. People can donate and borrow books. They can even take a book home for five days. Lovely, isn’t it?

Are you an artist, poet, singer, and have some artwork you would like to share? Nukkad is the place to share it. One can recite their poems or just share an experience at the Tea and Tones event, which is an open mic event. All in all the Tea is not just working for an amazing social cause it’s also teaching people social skills — how to be social in real life and not on social media.

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