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Guests so special

They are physically challenged. But that does not stop them from enjoying a day out to have a feel of the hospitality business


IT WAS an exciting experience for the students of the CSI High School for the Deaf at the Quality Inn Sabari. The hotel was abuzz with activity in the morning as the children were running around trying to get a seat next to their `best' friend and enjoy a delicious meal.

To celebrate its first anniversary in a novel way, the hotel invited these special children for breakfast. Clad in uniforms, they enjoyed every minute as they shared the breakfast. What's more, the hotel presented each student with a new set of uniform.

"We wanted to show them that they are an important part of society. It also gave us an opportunity to demonstrate how the hospitality industry functions," said G.S Chenny, vice-president and general manager of the hotel.

Over 100 children, in the 5-20 age group, got glimpses of the facilities offered by hotels. "It has become a practice for some to visit such schools during birthdays or other special occasions and give away donations and sweets. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary differently by inviting these children here," said Ramani, managing director of the hotel.


Rebecca Doraipandian, head mistress of the school, said that it was a memorable experience for the children. "Since these children can't hear, often it is assumed that educating them is not a priority. Teachers and parents must realise that they are not any less intelligent." Carnatic vocalist Sudha Raghunathan was the chief guest.

Fiery fare

Savour some Hunan flavours at Shanghai Club, Chola Sheraton, till October 26.

Chef Yang weaves culinary magic with hot and sour delicacies this time. Hunan's cuisine has a unique flavour as it makes an extensive use of red chilli pepper. Try out the Xiangia jiding (dry fish with chilli sauce) and Xiaocong la tofu (a tofu salad which is served cold). The main course includes Wucai yasi (shredded duck with vegetables in chilli bean sauce), Lazhi shibanyu (steamed grouper in chilli ginger sauce) and vegetarian dishes comprise Mogu palusun (braised asparagus with fresh mushrooms). The menu is available a-la-carte for dinner. For reservations contact 28110101.

Dine with the stars

Dinner with Saurav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh? Does it sound like a dream? Well, it could become real. All you have to do is have a meal at Matchpoint, the coffee shop at Taj Coromandel, and fill in a contest form, for which today is the last date. The lucky five can share a meal with their heroes on October 22. Dial 28272827 for details.

PRASSANA SRINIVASAN

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