Yes, I am blessed!
Sheroes- She + heroes, one of a kind cafe situated right next to the wonder of the world Taj Mahal, Agra has a lot to offer than just home cooked delicious food. The initiative by the Stop Acid Attacks campaign was founded in New Delhi in 2013. It gives tourists and residents of the culturally vibrant city of India a great place to feel home. Apart from being a beautiful place to chill with your buddies over coffee, it gives you a plethora of options to read, talk and eat. And what could be better than a cafe that gives you a lot more than just food?
After a successful trip of days together to the city of a rich historical background with Uttar Pradesh Tourism and Lonely Planet Magazine India, It was my priority to see how Sheroes was doing amidst the most expensive hotels and cafes of the city. To all those people who are clueless about this and know nothing about the cafe, here is a quick history about it before we get going.
The cafe founded by Chaanv Foundation is an initiative and a chance to put a full stop to the stigma surrounding the girls being acid attack victims. This has given them another chance to live, become a fighter and fly high.
But there were some details that left me spellbound and you will be amazed too, after reading this.
As soon as I entered the cafe, there was a vibe of confidence in the air. Their face enlightened with a big smile greeted all my pain and worries away. It was the first time I just let my heart out and took a place, settled down opening the menu card.
I quickly called over Rupa to ask if the menu card I was holding was right. To my surprise, she asked me to order whatever I want and pay whatever amount I want to in return. She also told me that it is their tradition not to ask for money and let people have a wonderful time rather than pinch their pockets a little for cash.
Apart from the abstract cartoons and colorful walls, there were the books that held my heart in awe. While being a book fanatic, I already had been through my share of Robinson Crusoe and Nancy Drew but it never hurts a book lover to go through the same books again. Does it?
It seems like time has passed and the pain has numbed. The girls are already looking forward to a beautiful life ahead, living their dreams.
"I have a love for designs and these are all mine," said Rupa with a laugh that can be described as a child accomplishing everything in the world. She has a fascination for fashion designing. In fact, you can buy her clothes there at the cafe.
With those fairy lights on the windows and a dreamy feel to the aura of the cafe, it is their own small world there.
Many girls have been attacked by acid when they were teenagers. The attacks might have been by relatives, because of some or the other family arguments or even a domestic fight, eve teasing.
Sheroes Hangout is the first ever initiative drafting a change as big as influencing lives of thousand such girls who have gone through a similar journey of life. The conversation with the girls turned out to be life-changing for me. Now I know the real meaning of beauty. There was a heart to heart connection at the cafe and I just felt I was talking to one of the most amazing people I have ever met.
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Sheroes Cafe is open every day from 09:00 to 21:00.
Address: Opposite The Gateway Hotel, Taj View Chowraha, Fatehabad Road, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
Pay a visit home, please!