Selling books barefoot on a luxury Maldives island can earn you Rs 59,000 a month.

Imagine paying to live on a luxurious island surrounded by books while sinking your feet into the white sand. Sounds like a dream job, right? Well, Maldives has the best offer for you. But the only condition is that you have to be barefoot almost all the time.

Alex McQueen, Sales Manager of Ultimate Library, seeks a passionate book lover, adventurer and outgoing person for a year-long bookselling contract on the remote Indian Ocean island of Kanfonadho. are doing But the books are sold barefoot because shoes are banned on the beaches of the Maldives.

The contract starts in October and the new Barefoot Bookseller will be required to manage the day-to-day running of the bookshop as well as accounting and stock management.

“The applicant will be there themselves, so they’re running the whole thing themselves,” said McQueen of Ultimate Library, which operates a bookstore with Soneva Fushi Resort and books for hotels, resorts, boutiques and private. Prepares a collection of Residences around the world.

On the island, interestingly, even reading a newspaper is frustrating because it has no shoes, no news. Visitors to the island, mostly affluent, are encouraged to turn off the news and their electronic devices to reconnect with their roots.

“The ethos of the island is: no shoes, no news. They encourage guests to reconnect with the land,” McQueen told The Guardian.

He added that the bookseller needs to be a self-starter who is happy to introduce himself to island vacationers and provide them with personalized book recommendations. So the new recruit should ideally be someone with experience in bookselling or publishing.

The successful candidate will be provided with free accommodation and food, as well as access to the gym, spa and water sports such as diving. The staff has its own private beach. Their base salary will be $750 per month but there is scope to collect additional income as a “service fee” by conducting workshops or classes related to the book.

The biggest challenge for Georgie Polhill, 27, who recently finished a six-month contract as a bookseller, was getting used to the slower pace of life. “If you try to fight it too much and harass everyone to get it to work, you’ll absolutely burst a blood vessel,” he said.

Now starting a career in theatre, the woman said she came back a completely different person, learned a whole new culture and made friends that will last a lifetime.

After returning, adjusting to wearing shoes again “definitely felt awkward” at first, she said, because she had been so unused to wearing anything around her feet and heels for so long. .

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