A reading room goes fourth to multiply


The hope is that reading rooms will mushroom all over Penang. The first model is up and running in little Che Em Lane, thanks to Cecil Rajendra.

Walking up a narrow wooden staircase, each step I took creaked with the sound of years of wear. At the landing, I was greeted by the smell of incense and the sight of dried mango leaves hanging above the doorway. A sign indicated that I was at the right place – the Reading Room. That Saturday – June 22 –was also when the founder, Cecil Rajendra, would be launching his latest book there, at noon.

Poet, writer and human rights lawyer, Rajendra is the go-to man when it comes to culture. But he didn’t want to feature his poetry or his profession that day.

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