A town in India enjoys the privilege of reading books for free in a rare project that is now being applauded by internet users.
The state has over 96 percent literacy rate, and you get to see free-to-use bookstalls by the roadside. The nest-like structures on a stilt are not placed in a developed city but in a remote village. The small Kerala village, Perumkulam, has several of these boxes waiting for their readers. It is the state’s first “Pusthaka Gramam” or book village. There are books and newspapers neatly stacked into these nests and people can pick any book of their choice and read them leisurely. They, then, put them back into these boxes. Kerala Tourism shared the video of a “pustaka koodu” to mark World Literacy Day today.
The video showed a man picking up a book from the nest and reading on a bench placed strategically near it. The tourism department said the public bookcases are a “unique concept” and allow villagers to freely exchange or borrow books.
#DidYouKnow that Perumkulam, Kerala’s first Pusthaka Gramam or book village, has several ‘pustaka koodu’ or book nests? The book nests are a unique concept where public bookcases allow villagers to freely exchange or borrow books.
It also highlighted the fact that Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India.
This culture of reading is not surprising in a State with an overall literacy rate of 96.2% (97.4% male literacy and 95.2% female literacy).