New series on Delhi and Dilliwallahs. Read on to discover the parts of Delhi you are yet to fall in love with.

So I am a twenty-two year old who has spent the better part of her life in Delhi. I have been travelling through its lanes for years now, allowing the dusts to shape me into the person that I am. Recently I have been thinking a lot as to why I love this place so much. So I am beginning with this series “Things to Love In Delhi.” Each part of this series will reflect a part of Delhi I love the most. By the end of the series (If it ever ends), I hope both the reader and writer will be a little more in love with the city.
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To begin with, I bring to you my favorite cafe from the city.

Kunzum Café

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So how about discovering a café which charges you no money but offers you an attractive assortment of green tea, coffee and cookies? Somewhere you are allowed to lounge around for hours, chit-chat, read, browse or reflect. I happened to enter  Kunzum Travel Café in Hauz Khas Village accidentally one afternoon as I looked around for a quiet place to sit and read.

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Divided in two parts, one part of the café had a workshop in progress. The other part where I was guided to if I wanted a place to sit, was a quieter version of the first. Apart from me two boys sat in a corner browsing something on their laptop. As I was falling in love with the picturesque interiors, taking in the travel quotes and books set on the walls, I noticed a small corner at one end which displayed water flasks, tea packs, cookies and an oven. A man sat there helping anyone who came about. As I went to the corner I was asked what I would like. I guess I agreed for some lemon flavored green tea and cookies. He asked me to take a seat as he got my order.

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I went and sat on one of the pebbleyard stools set in a corner. I would have spent over two hours at this place and as I got up to leave I asked the person how much for the tea.  It was then that I found out that Kunzum didn’t charge its customers anything and instead left it on them to pay whatever they like in a drop box kept at the entrance. I would have dropped something like a hundred bucks. I have travelled to the place umpteenth times since then, sometimes with a friend, often alone. I have had some of the best conversations here, spent the laziest afternoons sitting on the floor, sipping tea and reading to my heart’s glory.

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For anyone, excited by the idea of visiting quaint little places, in love with the idea of silence, coffee and books, hungry for in-depth conversations, fascinated by the idea of traveling, Kunzum is a must visit. To me, for all the warmth, kindness and beauty that Kunzum exuberates it has ever been my favorite café in the city.

By Shuchi Sinha


Also See:
Making the Case for Wanderlust
Travelogue: Malaysia and Singapore

Image Source: Kunzum Travel cafe, By Various photographers (see above); Photoshopped by Nikkul (talk) 01:10, 3 October 2008 (UTC) [CC-BY-SA-2.0, CC-BY-2.0, CC-BY-2.0 or CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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