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Hut to Café: An Exciting Journey


Prowess Publishing
May 24, 2024

Book Details

The title of the book 'HUT TO CAFÉ' (An Exciting Journey) speaks about some real-time events we face in our lives at different points of time. With changing times, we change our lifestyle under the pretext of circumstantial compulsion and keeping pace with the modern age. After acquiring a little education and wealth, some start feeling elevated and underestimate the illiterate and poor. Thus, a new class division is created – rich and poor.Birju's 'Hut Sadabahar' is a roadside hay-roofed tea shop in a village. It serves tea and homemade nimki in backed clay cups and green-leaf bowls to the passersby. The Hut symbolizes a simple livelihood, healthy food and drinks in a hygienic environment, and the development of communication skills in the buyer-seller environment.Impressed by the clean environment, the excellent quality of Chahaa and Nimki and the humble behaviour of Birju, Bhola and Champakali, Keshava suggests some business skills. All three learn English in a short period. They only communicate with the visitors in Odia and pretend to be ignorant about any other language. Many customers, unaware of the service providers' knowledge of English, share their feelings in English in the Hut. After business hours, the three sit to discuss their experience. Bhola records in his notebook and plans to write a book – 'Voice from the Diary'.Adhering to ethics and honesty doesn't always help prosper in business. Some strategic moves become necessary for survival. Birju's prosperity causes heartburn in some businessmen. Dharam Das sets up 'Quality Foods' near Sadabahar, intending to divert the customers to his side. The stall provides better seating arrangements and attractive foods like pizza, biryani, sandwiches, chicken rolls, masala tea, and coffee.Banke (the village head) calls a meeting of the Gram Sabha. The villagers decide not to sell milk to outsiders; instead, they use it to sell sweets and other milk products in the town. The new stall needs to find someone from the village to work. It fails. Villagers start door-to-door campaigns highlighting the harmful effects of fast foods provided by the 'Quality Foods'. Within months, the 'Quality Foods' moves out of the village.Time has changed, and so is our lifestyle. Birju sets up 'Café Evergreen' with an attractive environment and unique customer-friendly utilities. It has a beautiful combination of simple and modern appliances. The Cafe has a larger space with a tiled roof and the floor. Bushes cut to beautiful shapes, flower pots, and wooden round tables with curved, polished wooden planks for sitting give an attractive look. Limited items like chakuli, puri-alu dum, idli, vada, dosa, peda, chhena gajaa, coffee and chahaa are served in beautiful paper plates and cups. After paying in cash or through a QR code, customers pick up items from the service desk.Sometimes, similar circumstances bring strangers closer. Manju visits the Mahamaya temple. While moving down the stairs, she slips. A tangawala, waiting for passengers, picks her up and takes her to the hut where she lives. The tangawala asks her to raise her leg. Initially, she hesitates, but looking at his appealing face, she agrees.How strange is the situation! One needs help, and the other is ready to offer. The former can't raise her leg; the latter has difficulty leaning. He asks Manju to lie flat on the bed, sits beside her, rubs some oil, and makes a mild message. She gets some relief. For the first time, Manju finds a stranger to care for her. Both are from an orphanage. At a later stage, a reunion of the family occurs. Manju finds her brother Bhola (the tangawala). Money is no bar to help people in need in distress. We must have a mindset to help others.Visitors sharing tea at Sadabahar get scared seeing a tigress approaching them. Champa tells them that she is Rani – her friend. It won't harm them. Rani (The tigress) raises her wounded leg. Champa pulls the nail from the paw, crushes some marigold leaves and drops the juice on the injured foot. She bandages it and asks Rani to relax. Birju brings some milk and feeds the cubs. It is unbelievable, but it conveys that we must care for animals and other living beings.

Author Description

The author, Shri Prajapati Sarangi, completed his M.Sc. in Physics from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (Odisha). He started his service career in the Research and Control Laboratory of Rourkela Steel Plant (Odisha) under the Steel Authority of India Limited. He had a unique attraction for teaching. As a lecturer in Physics, he joined Municipal College, Rourkela (Odisha). After serving for nearly thirty-two years in different colleges, he retired as a Reader in Physics and concentrated on writing books.His first book, 'The Sun Will Rise Again', was published in 2020. Its second revised edition was published in 2022. The recent book, 'Hut to Café' (An Exciting Journey), is ready for publication.

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