Snack on books, have a cup of coffee at this modern library
Malappuram: Booklovers have a whole new world to explore at ‘Book Farm’ here at Kunnummal. Readers can devour a wide range of books over a cup of coffee and snacks.
Books from the oldest novel ‘Indulekha’ to the latest one ‘Mamankam’ and authors from Paulo Coelho to Chetan Bhagat are awaiting readers at this brand new library where people can spend hours reading books and also buy their favourite ones.
‘Book Farm’ is the brainchild of Sameer Mecheri hailing from Chemmankadavu. Sameer worked as an English lecturer at various colleges for about 10 years before he came up with the new idea. In his opinion, people who are fed up with social media like Facebook and WhatsApp will embrace the concept of this new library.
"In foreign cities like Paris, reading and writing developed from coffee houses," Sameer said. The 35-year-old is experimenting the same here also with over 2,000 books in the library. He has plans to expand the library by adding reference material as well so that it will be helpful for those who cannot afford expensive books.
Sameer started the new venture with money he saved while working as guest lecturer and using a loan taken from a cooperative bank. Though all types of books are available in the library, English literature is given top priority.
Anyone can use the library from 10 am to 10 pm. The only condition is not to damage the books. Sameer is planning to extend the time a little longer for the convenience of readers.
Sameer’s relative Firoz Villain and friend Basheer Machingal are running the ‘Paris Coffee Café’ close to Book Farm. A poet, Sameer also upload book reviews on YouTube.