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More on Caterpillars to Butterflies
|by Shernaz Wadia|
Under Srishti Welfare’s wide umbrella are a few more projects besides DARE, Strawberry Preserve Unit, Aranya and Athulya.
If you are in Munnar and are assaulted by delicious aromas wafting to your nostrils, you are in the vicinity of the deli – the bakery and confectionery unit that from 2009 has been filling a void felt by the tourists and people of the town and tea estates.
Four boys, three hearing impaired and one physically challenged, were specially trained under Taj Hotels’ award winning chef – Ananda Solomon. He taught these talented young youths to conjure up a wide assortment of tempting cookies, melt-in-the-mouth pastries, yummy cakes, different varieties of bread, enticing tarts, crunchy puffs& samosas, lip-smacking chocolate doughnuts, kathi rolls, biryani, pizza…and a whole lot more of delectable baked goodies. They are also into making chocolates not to forget their hot beverages. I am a huge fan of the honey walnut tarts. And Chef Solomon is mighty pleased with his hard-working, gifted protégés. Quality is a habit with them.
This premium merchandise is not only scrumptious; it is competitively priced and made from the finest raw material under absolute hygienic conditions. The bakery has been certified by HACCP - hazard analysis and critical control point. TGBL’s , in-charge of quality control, Mr. Kalyan Raman, also pays surprise visits to ensure that all food safety measures are adhered to.
Creche & Canteen
Ms. Krupa Masoji also took us to the crèche for the tiny tots of the employees. It is a room with two electric heaters mounted on the wall and three cloth cribs hanging from strong steel springs. Ms. Girija Shivshanker in charge of the crèche, kitchen and garden informed us that the kids are given milk and biscuits and taken proper care of while their mothers are at work in the different units of the complex. There is also a class for the slightly older children, where they are prepared for entry into LKG and SKG of mainstream schools. An added attraction for the children is a play park on the premises.
Last but not the least is the superb garden – flowers, fruits, vegetables – maintained under the guidance and supervision of Ms. Girija. There are huge vegetable sheds for cauliflower, cabbage and all kinds of vegetables. Apart from being used in the kitchens of the complex, they are sold outside. The lack of strawberries from other sources has seen a bed specially laid for the fruit so that the strawberry unit can have a steady supply. The flower garden has constantly won awards in competitions and is truly a sight to behold.
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