The Skytrain walkway in front of the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre is usually noisy and bustling with human traffic.
But on a recent Sunday afternoon, the atmosphere there was uncharacteristically tranquil, a definite aura radiating from a group of youngsters who were standing around, silently reading.
Their presence attracted attention. Commuters stared, some doubling back to gawk at the readers. Nobody could work out why people would choose to pore over books in the middle of a pedestrian thoroughfare; why don't they sit in a comfortable, air-conditioned library or some fancy coffee bar?
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