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.
To begin with, I bring to you my favorite cafe from the city.
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.
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.
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.
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
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