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Bean trail

In their modified CH01Q 9091 Tata Sumo, six youngsters from different states of the nation commence the journey of their travel café from the city beautiful. The Sumo is modified in such a way that the entire back is converted into a cafe with sliding shelves, where they serve coffee.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 15, 2012 00:39 IST
Usmeet Kaur

In their modified CH01Q 9091 Tata Sumo, six youngsters from different states of the nation commence the journey of their travel café from the city beautiful. The Sumo is modified in such a way that the entire back is converted into a cafe with sliding shelves, where they serve coffee.

On the roof of the car, one can spot fixed shelves where the youngsters hang some of their coffee mugs. The mobile café also features a mixer and other cutlery. Two girls out of the group of six are from Chandigarh, a boy from Uttar Pradesh, another from Odisha and the other two from Garhwal (Uttarakhand), who will travel with a 'friend', Achint Soni, 24, whom they call their driver.


Café Bean Here Bean There is a crowd-funded café, as the youngsters put it, "With the help of an online campaign, we have managed a donation of $500 (R27,728 approx), which has helped us contribute about R30,000 on the modification of our vehicle. Such donations also help us with our expenses through the journey," they say.

What is Bean Here Bean There?

"Bean Here Bean There is a café in a modified Tata Sumo, donated by CEVA Drama Repertory, which will be travelling across eight cities, collecting and sharing stories, creating community spaces in our 'often disjointed' urban areas, conducting sessions, screening films, celebrating and mapping each city," says Chandigarh girl Nivedita Soni.

The youngsters - Rameez Alam, 26, Rajesh Meher, 26, Sukhmani Kohli, 27, Nivedita Soni, 27, Srishti Lakhera, 26, and Pratishtha Dobhal, 28, would commence their journey from Chandigarh today and travel through Dehradun, Rishikesh, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahemdabad and Baroda till October 12.

Activities such as inviting people to write a letter to a stranger in the next city, or leaving a gift for them would also be a part of their journey, which is aimed at connecting people across cities and boundaries. "We would be documenting the entire journey in a film, through community-made maps of each city. This journey would be made a yearly event and youngsters who want to join us (with their own transport) are most welcome," they say.

The idea behind it"The intention is to create a free and interactive space in an urban environment to explore and share skills, while having a lot of fun," they say, adding, "With hectic lifestyles, there is a dearth of people engaging in healthy conversations. We want to provide strangers with a platform to begin."


Events in the city

The journey begins from Chandigarh with events happening over the weekend, September 15 and 16.

Saturday, September 15 - Dance performance at Sector 17 shopping plaza, 3 pm.

Sunday, September 16 - Interactive sessions at

Kanwal Jewelers' residence, Sector 8 (11 am to 2 pm), and at Café Kaffee Kuchh,
Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15 (5 pm to 8 pm).