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..................You are sitting in front of a panel for an Interview... They ask you only one question... You have to make the right impression with the answer. Normal rules of giving an answer apply here as in if the answer is too long the interviewer might get bored, if it's too obvious, you fail to make a dent. And the worst part... there is............ NO RIGHT ANSWER.
So here's the question:
How will you describe the colour red to a person who is blind from birth....................???
take a minute to think about it... Go ahead...
19th June 2008 From India, Calicut
Hi! The person is not deaf so we can atleast tell him that the particular thing is of red colour. Let me know if i am wrong Chitra Sharma
19th June 2008 From India, Mumbai
hai i will tell the person to feel the color as ....every color has some kind expression as red is color of power
19th June 2008 From India, New Delhi
Dear All,
Red colour can be explained to the blind man. Every thing in this world can be seen,sensed and felt at the same time. I will associate the red colour with the feelinf/sensation which is the mode of understanding by a blind man.
20th June 2008 From India, Patiala
HI bipin,
As u said he is blind from birth, the persons around him would have thought different colours. So i would ask him if he knows anything about red colour, if he answers yes, then no need to explain, if not then will relate red colour to blood/kumkum/give a red rose and will ask him to feel and tell him this is how it looks because blind people are blessed with other sharp sensations.
Regards,
ajithaa
20th June 2008 From India, Madras
However as guideline, when such a question is asked, one should take a moment to think why the question was asked. Then one should put himself/herself in the shoes of the interviewer and think that if you were the person asking this question, what would impress you or what would you look for. Then think of the role you are applying for and think if any aspect of the role has anything to do with the answer.
21st June 2008 From India, Calicut
It is a nice teaser from Bipin , but i am not as much impressed by his answer especially since there is a condition that "You fail to make a dent , if the answer is too obvious".
Isn't it too obvious that answer to each and every question in Interview is primarily guided by the role for which one is applying!
In fact, there is only one way of describing red to a blind by birth and that is by associating this with other senses. Since the blind people also live in the world in which people with sights live, they easily know that a tomato is red and sea is blue. So when bind people eat or touch tomato, they know that they are touching something red.
If such a question is asked in an interview, may be the interviewer is trying to judge whether candidate is able to show others which they have not seen in the past or in other words they must be looking for somebody with "out of box" ideas.
Respond if i am not on the right track.
Regards
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21st June 2008 From India, Delhi
Hi friends,
I am not really convinced by any of the above answer
So any 1 here with some really innovative and different answers.
:icon7:
Also ,I Bipin has not given the answer of Q.
He has just given the way of thinking .
So
I expect many other answers here because this is really nice puzzle.
Thank you in advance.
22nd June 2008
I think that there is no specific answer for this question but if we are going to describe the things in read colour.After tell him that he can see no colour in this world rather than black.Describe the use of read colour..
23rd June 2008
Sir,
For a blind person colour has no meaning. If we add sense with the colour then it has a meaning for a blind person.
for red - If he sense heat it is like read
For blue (sky,sea)- the colour is like cold water
for white- it is like a plane surface
for black- same condition as he is blind so it is black for him.
for green -the leaf of tree when a blind person touch it.
how is this answer,
pls reply,
dps chauhan
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23rd June 2008 From India, Delhi
hi bipin, I’ll ask if the person ever taste the chilli. Obiviously the reply is yes then The color red can be related to chilli since it’s a vigorous colour and hot.
23rd June 2008 From India, Madras
I do agree with this view point. But isn’t there some other way, to make him feel him the red colour..........??
23rd June 2008 From India, Calicut
The catch word is 'describe the colour red'. You will never be able to make the blind person visualise the exact colour as red. What you are expected to do is to describe your understanding of the colour as red. To instil the knowledge about colours in general, and related items of each colours including red. As a blind person he would definitely understand what is black (dark) and be able to sense what it white (brighter light). Explain that others are similar colours of different nature and so is red. However hard you could try, the blind person will visualise red as a variant of dark only. Your answer ends once you are able to instil a general knowledge on colours.
23rd June 2008 From India, Mumbai
To associate red with chili is wrong because not all of it is red.
But come to think of it? Why try hard to find the answer when everything that you will say is wrong. Remember, there is no right answer.
23rd June 2008 From Saudi Arabia,
Hello,
I would take that person out in sunlight and help him face the sun (without posing any risk to him/her)...
Then will describe that the color he/she sees with closed eyes is RED color..
What say??
Regards
Fatima
23rd June 2008 From India, Delhi
hi,
bipin....
The answer .... see we can make him relise the colur, by saying, the colour of blood is red.... whenver, u'll have pain and a liquid coming out of your body is red,....:icon1:
Bhawana Shara
23rd June 2008 From India, Jaipur
Hi,
I just want to add little bit to it, First of all I will ask that blind person that whatever his feeling or imagination about the word color on that basis we can easily make him familiar with red color
23rd June 2008
Hi,
I am working as a HR in software company,our office timings are 9.30am to 6pm,i.e Monday to Friday and saturday half day i.e 9.30am to 2pm.We would like to go alternate saturdays or all saturdays holiday,please let me know whether it will affect the productivity of the company.
Regards,
23rd June 2008 From India, Mumbai
One can not explain totally how the color red . It is said that one can explain colors through taste. Diane Ackerman, author of the Natural History of the Senses, said that people with disability oftentimes become ultra sentient through the other senses that are still existing. so people who are color blind or totally blind, for instance, would have a heightened sense of smell or taste.
i'll probably describe the color red through the taste of chili and the burning trail that it leaves in your tongue.
23rd June 2008
Hey Bipin,
Really good replies.....................!
Would like to add from my side .....!
I will analyis the situation and ask the panel members

What is the situation in which I am required to explain him the red colour.

And will stay back , throwing the ball in the panel's court.....!


What you guys say ........................!!!!!!
will this help us to give reply.................!
23rd June 2008 From India, Mumbai
Hi,
Let me also try answering this..
I would have him hold his hand against something very warm (stove, near a fire, etc.) and explain that red is a color that looks like that feels. Or feed him something spicy (hot peppers, cinnamon) and say that taste on your tongue is what red looks like. Or when you hear a siren from an ambulance, that sound is what red looks like.
This was the technique that Annie Sullivan used with Helen Keller that finally got through to her the relationship between words and meanings. It is also what Eric Stolz' character in Mask did to show Laura Dern (playing a blind girl) what clouds look like.
Hope this helps.
regards
Pawan
23rd June 2008 From India, Madras
I think we can ask the blind person to stand out at hot summer, the shade, on his eyes can well described as RED. Srisairam
23rd June 2008 From India, Secunderabad
If I am the one being interviewed, I would probably answer this way:

Color is irrelevant. It doesn't matter if it is red, white, or blue since the person is blind since birth. Worse, you really cannot describe it.

A blind man cannot see nor distinguish what is red, what is blue, what is yellow, etc. You cannot even say the sky is blue (since the sky is not really blue). You cannot even say the sea is green because other people will say it is "deep blue" or even emerald. You cannot tell that chili is red because it is "hot" and imply that anything which is "hot" means red. The sun is hot but it is not necessarily red.

We, people who can see, disagree from one another. Each one of us have our own interpretation of things, even of colors. It depends on how we see things from our own perspective.

But you can let a blind person "see" much like opening a person's eye to what is the truth. You can give him a vision from which he can be inspired.

You cannot describe the color red to him but you can lead or guide him from the path of darkness to lightness. And what is light? It is a mixture of all colors. People like us who can see are mostly blind to what is essential. We take things literally (proofs of which are posted in this thread).

People see the color of a man's skin and make judgment. However, color is nothing to a visually impaired person but he can "see" something essential -- a man's character. This is more important and relevant.

:icon10:

23rd June 2008 From Saudi Arabia,
Dear all,
I think, every color has a sensation. So if color gives a sensation, sensation can help in infering a color.
I shall tell- " If you come closer to fire and feel strongly, its heat, so that your skin gets a burning sensation, what picture you draw in your mind. Whatever you draw most often, the color red is something close to that.
(Here one should understand that colors are seen and understood by eyes, but even a blind has colors in the subconcious, as color is a part of psyche as well.)
Think about this, or even try this out. You shall find it correct.Or lets do some research on that guys. Lets learn something from whites. How long shall we live like typical indian middle class chaps with a great job, a duplex, a car and a wife with two sweet children????


Good Luck
Satyabrata Tripathy
23rd June 2008 From India, New Delhi
Dear ,in that situation i wud answer that i will try to make an impression in that blind persons mind that makes him feel that this colour is red,just like by making him touch to a thing which is cross.so that whenever he touch to a thing which is cross will click him red colour and is danger.This may b 1 of the answer,after all, a man is perfect in few things he cannot cross the boundaries of this fantastic NATURE.
23rd June 2008 From India, Pune
Hi,
As a blind person is blessed with extraordinary senses and red stands for passion i.e. strong feeling towards anything can be described and rose can be described as a passionate flower so that he gets the imagination right and he can feel it as well
thanks
sandy
23rd June 2008
we have to tell him only , we have not been given the job to show the red colour.
we can explain that red colour is a symbol which is used for showing the danger site and hazards .
the colour of blood is red and so on . we can define this colour the red color is also the primary colour
23rd June 2008 From India, Bhubaneswar
Hello Sir/Madam,
OPTION 1
If i meet a blind person i describe the red colour, the colour is like angry. When u get angry what kind of color comes to your mind. That would be red.
OPTION 2
If he again not get convinced, i tell him, all bright colors are red, all dark colors are black, color between bright and dark is white.
OPTION 3
Can u feel the heat. That is red color.
OPTION 4
sorry, I dont know how to describe.
Actually i tried to answer and i dnt knw whether its right r not. If my answer is not right plz let me knw the answer.
Regards
KALISWAMY.S
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23rd June 2008 From India, Madras
he is blind but he know the feelings&sence , itell him when you get ANGRY imagine your feeling the feeling is similar to red colour. BY Arukan
23rd June 2008 From India
I will explain, Hay dear friend this is a colour if you touch, it feals like a kumkum of your mother or wife, and it smells like blood. Regards, Narendra
24th June 2008 From India, Mumbai
well i will say to him red is the colour of blood that in relation 2 pain or wound..obviously he is blind buit cal feel it regards rajat saraf
24th June 2008 From India, Delhi
When a person is Blind by Birth than colours or other things would required to learn or to know, only figures need to know as Blind Person feels every monent including its stick, shoes, etc. Answer my question, Why Indigo Stick is reqire for Blind Person?
24th June 2008 From India, Ahmadabad
Dear All,
Although different ppl hv diff viewes bt if i wud b at dat place then i wud say...hv u ever felt the beauty of luv, this red colour is as beutiful as love ( bcz to me red colour is symbol of love)
Thanks,
sandhya
24th June 2008 From India, Delhi
Dear Bipin,

Nice question. Thanks for sharing it. Most of the members have thought of the answer...but not about the question. Answer becomes simple when u think through the question in hand. How would you explain red colour to a person who is blind from birth....

Just put this question in real time: how would you explain to an employee something which he has never seen/heard/experienced/thought etc in his life till now...well, or to rephrase it : how would you explain the benefits of a particular activity to a person who has never experienced it before in his professional career. Simple...TRAIN HIM...

Most of the people refuse to see the brighter side of life as it requires one to change his/her way of thought/ way of life...but then, life becomes meaningful if you take that extra effort to see whats on the other side of all the hardship you put. You have to take the blind-fold off to see whats there on the other side of the blind-fold. Just give it a thought: It was Newton who took the blind-fold off the eyes of the world with his theroy of gravitation, Blind people could not read till braille was invented.

Enough of gyan....Every person has imagination. one may need to use the imagination to visualize things....i would ask the person to tell me how he would define an apple, chilli, blood and other things which i know are red in colour. This would help me in getting an understanding of how he would co-relate betweenthings of the same colour. As you already said...its a tricky question....well am not yet convinced with my answer.....but here's another try...

well, you can help the blind person get eyesight with which he will not only be able to see red colour...but also the world.

Will think about the solution...till then, guys...think about the question...

regards,

Arun
24th June 2008 From India, Bangalore
it is necessary to understand what the blind fellow knows about things around what feel does he get by touching cloths and materials of various colours?
on the basis of this knowledge it will be easy to help him understand the red colour. As he might be having some knowledge to know red colour we need to simply associate it with the given situation.
24th June 2008 From India, Pune
hi...
the person is blind he is not deaf neither senseless....:-P
he can feel the pain if he get hurt we can tell him that red is the colour of blood....
so he can feel the colour as he get pain....
their is no other way to feel the red colour by a blind.....:icon10:
24th June 2008 From India, Bangalore
Hi It is very interesting question, In this connection I would like to share one small story;Once upon a time there were 4 four blind perons who would like to meet god. One saint was passing nearby, they listen him and urge to give him bless and way to reach god. The saint felt pity on them and tell them if u go about 15 kms. in east u would found a park. In the park there is a big statue u can touch it and feel about the god.Four blind persons goes to that park and trying to catch that big statue in their both hands. Because the statue was so big and any them could not catch the full statue.Near by an elephant statue were there they all have touched and one catch the trunk of the elephant and said I found the god. Likewise another blind man catch the leg of elephant and said I have got and 3rd have catch the tail of elephant and 4th has catch the abdomen of the elephant. But actually no one would understand what was that. The statue of god or elephant.Like wise we all are trying our best.........................RegardsL.C. Pal
24th June 2008 From India, Delhi
A thought provoking question!!
I definitely had to think.
The best way that I think I can explain red colour to a blind person from birth would be by
-First analyzing his/her understanding of the things around him/her.
- I would like to know to what extent is the person trained to live his life being blind.
- That would happen only if I let the blind person do some talking, I would request the person to tell me how does the person associates/understand things that are red in colour....blood, rose, heart, danger signs etc as well as other things in general..flowers,clothes etc.
- As per his responses I will try and explain him about the red color, by means of saying that red is the color that is common to these things and red is the color that draws attention of people who can see just like a loud noise will attract the attention of people who are blind.
It may even happen that he may already identify or relate to the color RED!!!!
Would love hear what others have to comment.
24th June 2008 From India, Gurgaon
Hi,
I would link it to the color of blood....the blind person must have definitely felt blood at some point of his life through cuts, accidents etc. We can explain the way blood feels liquid and warm, it looks red in color. I am sure this would be a try in the right direction.
Regards,
rashma
24th June 2008 From India, New Delhi
Hi,
As the person is blind from the birth, the better way of explaining him about the colour is by way of citing examples. For example Blue can be a cold piece of metal. Red, a hot stone. White, a cotton ball. Try to think of ways to explain other colors as well using other senses. Yellow can be the glowing heat of the Sun on your face. likewise, try to explain the individual through linking the colour with sense of touch or feel. I believe this might be the only way, but before that make sure the person is not deaf, as bcoz there are chances that the Blind might also be deaf.
Let me know if you have any good answers, apart from all the others HR Gurus have quoted.
Regards,
Vinod
24th June 2008 From India, Madras
[It is better to ask the Blind man to realize the situation when he was most angry and boiling. he could feel the colour red]..................You are sitting in front of a panel for an Interview... They ask you only one question... You have to make the right impression with the answer. Normal rules of giving an answer apply here as in if the answer is too long the interviewer might get bored, if it's too obvious, you fail to make a dent. And the worst part... there is............ NO RIGHT ANSWER.
So here's the question:
How will you describe the colour red to a person who is blind from birth....................???
take a minute to think about it... Go ahead...[/quote]
24th June 2008 From India, New Delhi
Hi Bipin,

first of all i wanted to know in which situation i have to describe red colour to a blind person.If in general i'll tell him

RED colour, a symbol of marrige,a colour of trust,love,respect,acceptance.
Although people are saying that red is a colour of anger,blood,disaster but i'll explain him red as a colour of love.I'll tell him it's like our life every situation of our life is having two face situations if positive side is there then negative will be there like colour RED as it is a colour of love & disaster also.It's upto us how we want to feel/think about that colour/situation.Then i'll take an example of his life ie he is blind.he might be cursing God manytimes for his blindness(negative aspect) but why don't he realise the positive aspect that God don't want him to see the natural disasters,terrorist activities,selfish people.He is too dear to god
This description of mine will motivate him & describ him the colour red.

Please send your responses on this answer

Regards,
Monika.
24th June 2008 From India, Delhi
As per my information colours doesnt have any sensation. as we are involved in such type of activity that our work is based on colour code and we have three blind workers but kind of codeing is there by that blind person can detect that colour otherwise its not possible to identify colour by blind.
24th June 2008
It is very easy to say that answer is ask that blind person laugh for a while that time the thing which comes on your cheek is that colour of red.
24th June 2008 From India, Hyderabad
HI bipin,
my name is sachin and i am jr. Member ofCite hr
As u said he is blind from birth, but he should know the color of blood is red. blood dont have any other color.
so theire is no question of describe the colour red to a person who is blind from birth
Please replay me wither it is right to wrong

Thanks & Regards
sachin Dethe
24th June 2008 From India, Pune
If you pass a white light through a prism, the white light disperses into seven lights viz. VIBGYOR (u might have studied this in 8th std).
Light or colour can only be felt through the sense of vision, exclusively.
We cannot experience light through any other senses other that the sense of vision.
Each sense is related to only one kind of stimulation and one sense cannot work for the abscence of the other or vice versa.

The colour RED is one of the 7 lights of the spectrum of white light.
Explaining the colour RED to a blind man is same as expecting people to experience GOD through the five senses (which is impossible as GOD is present at a higher dimension than human (3 dimentions))
Human beings are 3 dimensional beings. So humans cannot understand things which exists in >3 dimensions even if all 5 of his senses are working fine.
In Mathematics there are total 11 dimensions.
Time is the fourth dimension and humans cannot define time as time is in the dimension which is higher than that of the humans itself.

I will say this to my interviewer -
I would answere your question only if you (the interviewer) could draw a 4 sided triangle.
25th June 2008 From China
If the Interviewer is asking such a question ...must be that they are trying to test your communicating skills and may be also how best you can protray their product.
well anyways if he is blind by birth..he can still understand how the emotion called anger feels, he can feel the scorching sunlight, or the pain on his skin when it is slapped... i guess this description will help him associate with the color red.
regards
Prashanti
25th June 2008 From India, Madras
hi....
this is suyambu
new 2 this site.......
and here comes my answer......
according 2 me a blind man doesnt have anything like colour, its all about faith....
if u say him water is red and then its red to him...
so its a sheer waste of time explaining him...
u can instead say everything is red is in this world 2 him...
atleast he wont be confused...
dont 4get the fact dat "time is precious"
save ur time as well as your interviewer's time...
am i making sense...plz reply
25th June 2008
hi....
this is suyambu
new 2 this site.......
and here comes my answer......
according 2 me a blind man doesnt have anything like colour, its all about faith....
if u say him water is red and then its red to him...
so its a sheer waste of time explaining him...
u can instead say everything is red is in this world 2 him...
atleast he wont be confused :-D...
dont 4get the fact dat "time is precious"
save ur time as well as your interviewer's time...
am i making sense :confused:...plz reply
25th June 2008
The he interviewee can describe as much as possible things that are red like the blood running in his/her veins. The tomato he/she has eaten and as many red things you can remember, explain fire, differentiate it from his hair which might be black. You can ask the blind man to tell you in turn what he thinks red looks like to ensure he gasps the picture . Ianjo.
25th June 2008 From Trinidad and Tobago, Chaguanas

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