“Passion is born deaf & dumb ” -Honore De Balzac
And Hearken Cafe is one such place where i felt the best & most beautiful moments in life cannot be spoken or written they are only experienced and cherished.You can place your order without speaking as well.
By far this place has touched more than just my taste buds, a place that truly is beyond the food on flatter, a visit that you relish and cherish for the memories made.
As you enter the 119 building this place is right on the top ,as it ought to be with a rooftop.
Everything under the sun is beautiful and extra bright and this place says it loud out here with a lot of natural light that not only lifts up your day but also your heart. The owner of #HearkenCafe “Ms Smriti Nagpal “(a forbes awardee, Devi Awardee and an awardee at 100 Women )”-feeds on her passion for the deaf community and she has been working with the community ever since she was 16, with over a decade of working with the community this is her second business venture that goes to make a lot of noise by simplifying the sign language and making this place a point to hang out with the silent people who truly proves ” If speech is Silver , silence is #Gold”. Along with her partner in crime “Virat Suneja ” is the other cofounder & brain behind this cafe , he graduated from Cyprus and then did his masters in hotel and tourism management. Virat had interned with LeMeridien before handling operations for Solang valley resort .Smriti and Virat are first cousins and this proves when Sibblings work together they do miracles , Everything at Hearken cafe is straight from the heart of these 2.
So as I entered I was given a warm welcome by the sun rays coming straight from the windows and litting up the entire place, a place that gives you a lot of space because of the sitting arrangement , and is a deaf-run cafe/ co-working space located in Shahpur Jat,an urban village of Delhi serving fusion food bringing together flavors of Europe. And was lucky enough to be attended by none other than the creators themselves – Ms Smriti & Virat.
The people who commute in sign language are up with a smile to get you a seat of choice and food you wish to have all this while you can also pick up a bit of sign language. And they also promote that you come over and just have good time without having to speak too much, so a place to unwind out the noise and choas of the city. A place that has a Echo of its own, poised with so much peace.
So here is a quick look at food that i could explored during this visit
So while this is a socially responsible place , on this visit of mine i could explore the following
“#ATTARI “- connects beyond borders. Attari is a village in Punjab touching the borderline with Pakistan. It is where the founder’s family roots extend , making the woven wall hangings very personal . This is shown with the connection of threads, bringing out the art to adorn your homes .
#Atulyakala is a lifestyle brand and a design house run by deaf artists which gives back. A large part of the proceeds from sales go towards the education of deaf and mute students at our training centre. Atulyakala aims to empower the 18 million deaf and mute people of India by providing employment, educating deaf students and spreading awareness about Indian Sign Language.
The bags on display were a great collection a combination of fabric and leather priced at Rs. 500/- onwards is definitely a good pick.
Sugar Binge : everything sweet and sugar to binge on by Prerna Jain – a Home baker North Delhi who deals into customised eggless cakes , cupcakes , desserts.The cute little display with sweet little samplers of cup cakes was a sweet attraction and while we were talking the sampler serving kept adding sweetness all around.They bake with lot of love and take orders over calls with at least a week of lead time for customised cakes.
Since this place is designed to create a co-working space so the entire set up has been done in that manner, and the food is really delicious, So a visit to this place is definitely recommended for a soulful experience. So explore your heart out at Hearken Cafe