Dead people don’t make me uncomfortable. Usually. Would you eat lunch in a restaurant alongside dead people?
That might be awkward. Well, maybe not if it was someone you knew, but it isn’t.
Is a “cemetery restaurant” insensitive, icky, ingenious? I believe it may be greater than any of that.
I was speechless when I came across a headline about New Lucky Restaurant in Ahmadabad, India.
After reading the story, though, I’m more than OK with it now. Hey, some see clouds while others “unearth” a silver lining.
In the photos accompanying the Mirror News article, it’s obvious that Ahmadabad’s congested and markedly lacks available space.
Clearly, it looks impossible to fit a breath between, around, or behind the buildings surrounding the small restaurant.
It’s even towered over from above by an apartment complex. And it’s a cemetery.
Seeing the Bigger Picture
As a business woman I’d pass on that piece of real estate property just because it’s a cemetery. I would never consider disturbing the resting place of the dead.
The minor size of the property would, of course, be a turn-off anyway, regardless of the burial ground.
However, I live on six acres in the woods. For my business I rent an office with two floors. Behind my building there’s a magnificent field over an acre-and-a-half wide. It even has a pond.
A beautiful river, lined with enormous oak and pine trees, runs along the outer edge of the field. Every day, from my office windows, I get to watch various wildlife at play.
Was it putting a restaurant on that little spec of land or the idea that it’s a cemetery that struck me as outrageous? I don’t think I appreciate often enough or express gratitude for how lucky I am to enjoy the freedom of wide open spaces.
Fortunately, the New Lucky Restaurant owner, Krishan Kutti, didn’t view the problem from my embarrassing closed-minded perspective of everything being bigger than is necessary.
Instead, Mr. Kutti embraced the existing state of affairs with a big hug and incorporated 12 graves from the Muslim cemetery into the restaurant. He didn’t like the idea of moving the longstanding graves.
Sadly, according to the news article, no one is certain who the remains are. Some believe they are “… followers of a 16th-Century Sufi saint …”
It doesn’t matter. Whoever they are, they have a home now and they’re well looked after.
Each day, staff members at New Lucky Restaurant place fresh flowers on the graves and respectfully cover them with colorful cloths.
Seemingly, the restaurant is thriving. I’m not sure how many people are curiosity seekers and how many are regular customers.
That doesn’t matter, either. Krishan Kutti, stepped out on a limb and did something remarkable.
In this case, stepping out on a limb isn’t a figure of speech; there’s a tree growing through the restaurant, too.
If you believe in the power of paying it forward, this man may not expect it, but he will receive many blessings for his good deed.
MirrorNews.co.uk – “Pictured: Bizarre cemetery restaurant where diners sit with DEAD people,” by Mikey Smith – March 23, 2014
Photo Credit: Damas_Muslim_cemetery_1839 Wikimedia Commons Public Domain – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Copyright_tags#United_States