'Wuthering Heights', a unique library on the lap of Nature


Babitha Manningappalliyali

Wuthering Heights and Nasrullah Mambrol. Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives

People started doubting and sending letters like is it genuine or written by madness when they noticed the advertisement inviting librarians to this library in Wayanad. There came a couple of people to support this mad idea. Then, three librarians and three junior research fellows arrived at the library which is situated on the 12th mile of Wayanad ghat. The craze for books brought them here. In the offer letter, it has been mentioned that your body and soul should be here. Take leaves when you want, but when you think you don't belong here, just leave. Nasrullah Mambrol talks about his dream of building 'Wuthering Heights.'

Wuthering Heights is a novel that's still in my heart from my college days. The love story of Cathy and Heathcliff touched my heart over these years. Later, the post appeared on my Facebook page on September 23, 2021. It went like, 'I will build a house beside a crawling path and name it 'Wuthering Heights.' Surrounded by a forest near a stream where deers will come to drink. Some distance away, I will build a shed with a room with glass roofs where 50,000 books will be scattered around. There will be bamboo chairs and neon lights all over the campus. People read for hours, and after their eyes hurt, they will go to sleep. Some may be crying but will fall asleep gazing at the sky.' Exactly 14 days later, I saw a place near the Kuttiyadi-Wayanad pass as same as what I wrote and imagined. I had no other option but to buy it, and that is Wuthering Heights.

Why a library?

My dissatisfaction with the present library system led me to the idea of such a library. Our libraries restrict how one should read with minimal facilities and in a structured atmosphere. My library 'Wuthering Heights' is a different place where people come and go and read whenever and whatever they want. I am a person who collects resources from academic books and journals to research scholars. I also aim to avail them in Wuthering Heights. I want to provide wifi facilities and books in both English and Malayalam.

A place where books are loved

Our libraries are the same type where people can only read at a specific place. Wuthering Heights aims to break that law by reading from wherever they want inside the six-acre campus.
They can read by sitting, lying, swinging, or looking at the stars. Every single book in this universe will be catalogued. If not available, they will reach from any corner of the world. Researchers, writers, fellows, and people who come to collect any kind of data are welcome to stay and interact at Wuthering Heights.

Room for any reading

There will be special rooms for different readings as the atmosphere changes from topics. People who are researching novels will have a room full of novels. Feminist readers will be provided items and readings based on them. A person who is interested in poems will have a more poetic atmosphere.

Bronte sisters' room

A room is exclusively arranged for the works of the Bronte sisters namely Anne Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, and Emily Bronte. This will be used as a study room with a Victorian atmosphere. Many people like Prof. Nagesh, Sheeba, Bindu, Prof. Salil Varma, Fathima, Priya, Abida, and Sajan, teachers, and cultural activists have contributed books to this library.

The book collection will continue, said Nasrullah Mambrol, founder of the unique library atop a hill.

Motive behind creating the world of books

The primary aim is to open an unlimited world of reading. People don't know to collect certain information. This library is an answer to how to collect data quickly. Our libraries are not getting updated, so we aren't getting the latest information. There should be a solution to these problems. Wuthering Heights will also open a book stall where books of each publisher will be available at low costs. There will be poetry festivals and book releases. We are hoping to inaugurate Wuthering Heights on December 19, 2022, as it is the 174th death anniversary of Emily Bronte.

Nasrullah Mambrol, an English professor At Kallikandy NAM college took efforts to fulfil his dream project alone because of the financial expenditure.
" I was sure that. This library will not be a profitable business as it's my contemporary dream. I don't know whether everyone will accept it and so I'm moving individually," he said.

The funding for the project is done through the earnings from his website 'Literariness.org'. Around 200 universities and research institutions around the globe have been utilizing this website for research purposes.

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