Nepal: Literature in a cup

In Nepal, and especially Kathmandu, coffeehouses are too expensive to foster intellectual creativity:

Today’s coffeehouses in Nepal are nothing like the ones of old in England, or even the old teahouses of Kathmandu that were literary hotspots. They are commercial, expensive and don’t foster an intellectual spirit.

The modern coffeehouse concept emerged in 17th century Oxford, England when Jacob, a Jewish entrepreneur, built a coffeehouse called Angel that gave university scholars and poets space to debate academic issues. Coffeehouses became so popular—and were so cheap—that they earned the nickname ‘penny universities.’ They were gathering spaces for like-minded people who could interrogate the issue of the day in a university-like setting. These opportunities seldom appeared in England’s public alehouses.

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