The Journey of Two Years

Backed by several failures, is me. Failures hurt, and the level to which it can hurt is hard to describe. I am a person dipped in the sour stinking jar of failures, underwent a heart wrecking phases of depression, was an alcoholic and tobacco addict for almost a decade. From what one could imagine of me reading this to what I am today, took a lot of nerve and transformation process, when my close friends could hardly imagine me coming out of the deep pit I was in.

I have been known to be a computer programmer since my school days, and I have kept up my passion for technology to this date. Stubborn is what describes my describes my personality aptly. I have always been weak with my memory, and all the decisions taken by me in Read and Brew are mostly instinctive. One may see me stay calm when 99% of others would panic in the same situation.

We started Read and Brew in late 2021, for our love towards books and the affinity towards exploring the food around. Its a dream come true for me. With the least of knowledge about running a business, I always rely on the expertise of Ashish.

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We very sincerely thank each and everyone for every bit of support. The ups and downs is part of of every journey. Despite our attempts to keep everything perfect, we do fail on certain aspects. Every such failure is a setback, some of them took away our sleep, but at the end of the day, we take a strong lesson from it to do better.

We starting just with two bookshelf, two years ago, when COVID curve was declining, but was there was still uncertainty. People poked inside our store, laughed and threw taunts at us, as to what we are doing with books in the age of technology. We never argued with any, but that made us more determined, brought more focus, turned us more desperate, more stubborn. Not the best phases in the family while fighting out for Read and Brew, but doesn’t matter if all is good now.

Two years back, we started Read and Brew from scratch, with Crosswords around, Pagdandi around, and most importantly, the book piracy around! But we determined a flaw, one of which was indeed Inflation, and COVID further elevated it. Read and Brew had two prime motives – To bring back affordability, by bring back the love for libraries, and secondly, to reach out to the senior section of the reading community, who are restricted to their homes because of their old age complications. We brought Libraries to the doorstep, with the strong coordination of technology and our tiny team, gradually covering every corner of Pune. Our delivery team did it in scorching summer, strong rains, shivering cold, sometimes under worst traffic, while hardly failing a deadline.

Along the journey we experimented a lot, failed a lot, reformed several of our processes, a lot.

Read and Brew is the most affordable and an independently owned library/bookstore/cafe. We are a single operating branch, based in Wakad, serving every corner of Pune/PCMC. With our ethical processes, Read and Brew is gradually becoming the most loved library in Pune.

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