Shimla’s unique book café run by prisoners offers serene reading corner
A BLEND OF REFORM TO PRESENT HOT BEVERAGES, LITERARY PURSUIT
One of its kind book café located at the Takka Benches area above the Ridge in the heart of Shimla has the distinction of being run by the Kaithu sub-jail inmates. The book café has lately starting catching fancy of residents and tourists alike. For book-lovers it has become a beautiful and serene place for reading where writers and readers exchange their ideas and thoughts. In this café, book lovers can grab books of all shades and contents to mull on with a cup of hot coffee or any of their favorite beverages. The Cafe is not spread over bigger space, but the tourists and locals enjoy reading books there in hut shaped structure made of wood. The book café was thrown open on April 11 in 2017, which has now became a meeting place for writers and book readers from the town as well from all across nation.
Almost once a week or so, it witnesses poetic symposia with groups of renowned and budding poets. All the eatables being offered for sale in the cafe are baked in the sub-jail of Shimla at Kaithu. The bakery products served at the café are manufactured by jail inmates and are of good quality at reasonable prices as the margin of profit is kept only up to 10 percent. A student of Himachal Pradesh University Kamal Sharma when asked told the Daily Post that it’s a place with serenity where one is able to concentrate on reading. He explained how he and his friends often visit here to study. Book café is free for all visitors. Stone flooring and granite benches increased the beauty of café with Himachali architecture. When visited by the Daily Post Correspondent, he found a lonely foreigner engrossed lost in reading a book. Most of the books in the café are donated by local authors and even by the tourists.
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