Often, we give serious thought to the ‘specially-abled’; in various instances, we think about supporting them and genuinely shower our sympathies. But have you ever put yourself in their shoes, visualizing the world through their eyes and their perspective?
Dialogue In the Dark brings up this concept in our lives through a genuine and thrilling exhibit…with a twist!
It so happened that I visited the Inorbit mall as I wanted to shop, and I came across this contest wherein we would be blind-folded, and we needed to search and find certain objects covered up in a mass of styrofoam balls inside a box. It was fun, and I won the contest, and the prize was a free tour through the Dialogue in the dark exhibit. That was just the beginning of this unique and absolutely adventurous experience!
My brother accompanied me, and after we entered into a dimly lit room, we were seated and were given walking sticks. In a few minutes, the dim light darkened, and we were left in complete darkness. Then we stood up, and we heard a voice introducing himself as the guide. He led us into a forest, and we could hear the chirping of birds, flowing waters and various sounds of animal, and we could see a roaring tiger appear and vanish suddenly. It was truly a walk into nature.
Time for Some Adventure and Fun:
We happened to cross a shaky bridge. It actually made me panic initially, but I kept my cool because my brother had accompanied me. Later we went on a pleasant boat ride on the waters. That truly helped me calm down.
Blind Date with Window Shopping:
We entered into a place where we had to touch various things and name them. Later, we had to smell certain spices, food and other things and identify the source, and we were supposed to taste several food items and guess them right. I could adjust and quickly adapt to darkness and guess many things right—Cinnamon, cardamom, tea, chocolate, pineapple, cricket bat etc. We actually realized how our olfactory senses get activated in such circumstances.
A Game in the Dark:
Later on, we entered another place, where we were given a cricket bat and a ball, and we had to play the game. It was hilarious, and though we ended up hitting each other occasionally, we played a good game of cricket.
Dine in the Dark:
We finally entered the cafeteria. We ordered some food and sat down for a chat.
We then discussed the experience. While in the dark, each of us revealed how we had perceived things as being visually impaired. HowBeing blindfolded heightened our hearing abilities and taste, and sense of touch as we went through the whole tour. Then we got the shock of our life as the guide revealed that he is blind in reality and the 45-minute tour of ours is a lifelong experience for him. But having practically experienced being blind for those 45 minutes completely changed our perception and the concept of visually impaired or the specially-abled. It was an experience I will hold onto forever.