Open Heart Surgeon

courtesy of Baci Lounge

Baci Lounge is known for its unusual selection of literature on India

When surgeon, lecturer and author Sharad Paul first approached Auckland's prestigious Rialto Centre to rent space for a café-bookshop, the managers were far from convinced. Renting to someone with no retail or catering experience seemed unduly risky. But after a year of persistence and persuasion, Paul's vision finally won them over, and the result is Baci Lounge (a name derived from "books, art, coffee inc."), The fashionably designed space is now a hub for Auckland's literati — a place to shop for unusual reading and to enjoy good wine, food and coffee (the latter given free...

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