Hooked and booked

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | NAMITA GUPTA
Published Jun 5, 2016, 12:00 am IST
Updated Jun 5, 2016, 12:54 am IST
After pub crawls, now avid readers are looking forward to the first ever book crawl in the city today.
File picture of model used for representational purposes only
 File picture of model used for representational purposes only

Come Sunday, book lovers will be in for a day filled with intimate sessions around books, reading and book shop crawls.

After the city laps up its pub crawls, it's now time to spend your day off with books-your best friends for life. Books & Brews will see young book lovers come together for a book crawl this Sunday. They will explore some of the city's most loved book shops, listen to stories that bring pages alive, and make new friends over brews at iconic locations in the city. After all books are one of the few things you can buy that will make you richer, aren't they?

 

After two successful events involving the spoken word, poetry, workshops and author meets among other things at Humming Tree, this time around it will be a different experience as 50 participants will head out at 11 am to go on a street expedition to explore some of the nicest string of bookstores.

There's no greater pleasure than to interact with other book lovers for Utsav JR, 29-year-old senior support engineer and French professor. “This was an out of book experience and that's why I decided to go again on this book crawl this Sunday, where we can also discover other reader's likes and dislikes; the way they see books and the stories that surround their choices of books. We also get to see the psychology at play when it comes to people buying books and it intrigues me to discover, not only new segments of literature but, the reasons behind their choices. I enjoy any activity that surrounds books. I feel that books are the closest that we can come to magic and this book crawl will take us on journey of discovery and understanding,” shares Utsav.

This is the third Books & Brews event and the experience was impressive for Siddharth Agarwal, (22), researcher, airborne wind energy who chose to sign up again because he wanted to pick some of the books he selected in the first crawl. He adds, “This concept is a step in the right direction, considering the dwindling number of people who can discuss literature.”

Revealing more on the walk, Vidhi Kundan Jain, cultural and creative head, The Humming Tree who is leading the group adds, “We will explore iconic book locations on Church Street and Brigade Road. We will start from Koshy's and first stop will be the Goobe's Book Republic on Museum Road. After a chit chat with the bookstore owners, we will continue to visit more bookstores like Bookworm, Blossom Book House, Gangarams Book Bureau, Select Book Shop,
Higginbothams and at the end of the road there's a book shop that sells book in weight by the kilogram. We plan to take a break at Indian Coffee House for filter coffee and at Pecos for those who want to have a drink after that. Since there are so many book lovers in the city who want to participate, we plan to have more sessions on a regular basis.”

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