Saturday, 1 December 2007

The waiters of Tajikistan

The waiters of Tajikistan have long been considered the best in the world. The main reason for their superior waitering skills is their vigorous training which closely resembles the training of indian tabla players where the student is trained by a master from a young age. The Tajik waiters tradition is as old as the country itself and is believed to have originated in a small village near lake Zorkul in the Pamir mountains. The village priest, according to myth, had all the young men undergo a series of tests that helped him filter out those that had the best sense of balance and a willingness to learn. These select few were brought on to a kind of floating hut in the middle of the Zorkul where they spend the next years of their lives mastering the art of serving so that they may better serve the gods in the afterlife. Tajik waiters are not easily spotted in the worlds restaurants and cafés because they have taken their art on to an other level altogether. They are the waiters that you don´t remember as part of their skill is to minimize their presence and thereby giving you a sense of direct contact with the chef. The Tajik waiters are sometimes called "the invisible ones" and have always been surrounded by a cloud of mystery and traditionally don´t marry as females normally don´t notice them. Next time you have a particularly enjoyable meal at a restaurant your waiter just might have been one of the waiters of Tajikistan.
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