Bombay Haveli, About More than Just Food - My Take by Marzy Parakh
The idea behind starting Bombay Haveli was to create a space where large families would come together and share a meal. The context is dining for three generations where people could eat together without worrying about space issues or food choice.
With that in mind, the cuisine is varied from Indian to Italian to continental.
I also run a charitable trust for people with disabilities called Faith Foundation and so it was perfectly natural for me to integrate that aspect into Bombay Haveli.
For most companies, charity is a small part of their business. However, we strongly wanted to make corporate social responsibility the main goal of our venture and keep profit secondary.
Our goal is to include PwD in a fundamental way and we are doing that by giving them a role in the kitchen as well as setting them up to be entrepreneurs. So for instance, if there is a pastry chef whose food is appreciated, we will link the customers in our restaurant directly to the chef for larger, bulk orders.
Apart from wheelchair ramps and other basic accessibility features, we are among the first restaurants in India to have a chairlift so that customers can sit on any of our floors and enjoy a meal.
The response has been amazing. Even on weekdays, we are sold out. Going ahead, we plan to start matrimonial sessions so people with disabilities can come to Bombay Haveli and meet potential life partners. So this is not just about food.
Right now we have five PwD working in Bombay Haveli. We have set no criteria for employment. If someone has an interest in cooking, we place them in the kitchen. If they don't have a degree, we train them. Depending on what people are interested in, we find a place.
We want to hire more people with disabilities but are unable to find them. Supply is a major problem and there is also not enough sensitization. If people are interested, they are welcome to contact us.
About the Writer
Marzy Parakh is the co-founder of Bombay Haveli, a food venture that is empowering PwD to showcase their skills in all sections of restaurant operations. To learn about job opportunities, contact Marzy Parakh at 9820162307 or email at email@example.com.
Watch in Sign Language
- One billion youth face risk of hearing loss, warns United Nations
February 18, 2019
- Naa Mein Naa Hai. Consent and Love. - Guest Column by Srinidhi Raghavan
February 18, 2019
- Understanding Rett Syndrome
February 17, 2019
Read more on Newz Hook
- Headlines February 16, 2019 Actor Irrfan Khan is awaiting medical reports to start working
- Get-hooked February 17, 2019 Wheelchair etiquettes matter. Here is how to follow them.
- Events February 12, 2019 Workshop on Advancing Your Interpreting Skills
- Parasports February 18, 2019 Chessbase India bats for disabled players at a time when official support is hard to come by
- Events February 14, 2019 Medical Camp - Children with Disability & Mental Health Problems
- Accessibility February 12, 2019 Patients find centre stage in competencies aimed to develop disability-inclusive compassionate care
- Events February 15, 2019 Lawn Tennis for Visually Impaired
- Events February 17, 2019 National Conference on Assistive Technology for All 2030
- Events February 12, 2019 Empowering for Inclusion Summit 2019
- Get-hooked February 11, 2019 Valentine’s Day plans - NewzHook readers share some ideas
Want to feature your inspiring story or share an event with the disabled community? Write to:
Newz Hook - Accessible News
Get-hooked February 7, 2019