Get-hooked April 26, 2019
Online series Safe Cooking offers lessons specially for visually impaired people
Are you a visually impaired person who wants to pick up some basic tips in cooking? Well, help is online in the form of a series called Safe Cooking on YouTube.
The brainchild of Sushmeetha Bubna, founder of Voice Vision, a well-known NGO for blind people, the series aims to empower people with visual impairments. Bubna is also the series host. The first episode is already out and focuses on the theoretical aspects of cooking.
There will be five videos put up in a week and this will include a session on 27 April where questions related to cooking will be answered live on Instagram and Facebook between 1 to 2 PM. These are sessions conducted at the SIES College in Mumbai. – Sushmeetha Bubna, Founder, Voice Vision
As a visually impaired person, Bubna is always looking for ways to teach people from the community essential life skills that are needed to be independent.
“My mother taught me the basics of cooking at a time when my vision was still intact, says Bubna. “So, I knew the hands-on skills needed and after I lost my vision, I built on that and gathered information. What I found is that many visually impaired people have a passion for cooking but are not encouraged to learn.
In the videos, Bubna guides the participants, all students of SIES College, through basic skills, including an orientation of the kitchen, hygiene tips, chopping, making rotis, etc. Amit Jaiswal, a third year BA student at the college, says he found them useful.
“I was there as a trainer as I am used to cooking at home, says Jaiswal, who was forced to learn when his parents had a family emergency to attend to and left him alone at home. “I ran out of money for food after some time and decided to start by learning how to make tea, says Jaiswal. “That was the start to learning more. “
Jaiswal believes this is a skill all visually impaired people must learn. Yes, sighted people can do it easily but that should not discourage us. It is important to be careful especially when it comes to handling hot things like oil, but today there is kitchen equipment available like chopping machines and electronic cookers which make the process safer and easier.
Bubna feels learning these skills reduces the dependency on others. “These are things one should know. Not everyone can afford a cook or have access to assistants while cooking.
For Husna Shaikh, whose mother does not allow her to cook at home, the sessions were an opportunity to practice her skills. “I also learned how to make tea, rotis and to use equipment like vegetable choppers and electronic cookers. I feel much more confident of my abilities in the kitchen now”, says this second year BA student.
So, don’t miss this opportunity. Check out Safe Cooking Series here – https://youtu.be/tXOdvmnmmBA.