The northeastern part of India is known for sustainable tourism — Sikkim recently introduced bamboo water bottles to combat plastic pollution; remember Mawlynnong? It is the cleanest village of India. This time, however, the region is in news for something very unique — a mini roadside library in Aizwal, the capital city of Mizoram. By Kumar Shree

What if we tell you about a roadside library that lets you take books in exchange for books? What if we tell you that you won’t have to pay any security fee either? Will you believe us? Well, seems like that’s exactly the idea behind this roadside library in Aizwal, which lets you take books in exchange of books, and that too without paying any security fee at all. People are just expected to follow the rules and return the book after they’re done reading it. Seems like a noble idea, right? Well, the netizens agree and are praising the idea like anything.

 

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Ever since the images of the library was tweeted by IFS officer Parveen Kaswan, it has been doing the rounds on social media. “Now this is what every city must copy. Mizoram’s capital Aizawl has a couple of these tiny roadside libraries. Libraries are the best investment for nation-building. Northeast showing the way,” he wrote while sharing pictures. The idea will surely encourage reading habits among locals and will also promote community building.

Parveen Kaswan, if you remember, is the same IFS officer who earlier shared the picture of a tigress strolling with her five cubs. “This is [a] magical picture. Count the #cubs with #tigress. I know for a reason how [only] few people will be elated after seeing this. Efforts are helping in making this species bounce back from the verge of extinction. PC Siddharth Singh. Magical Terai,” he had written at that time.

 

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Although, this is not an entirely new idea, as a similar open library operates in Pune and many other communities as well. This, however, is a piece of news that deserves to be celebrated in the bleak times that we are living in.

Related: Sikkim Introduces Bamboo Water Bottles To Combat Plastic Pollution