Looking for a place to discuss books? Here are some book clubs in Delhi and Gurgaon that you can join.
The South Delhi cafes are the favourite haunt for this group of 11 women who meet once a month to discuss their latest reads. Fiction and inspiration are the favourite genres. Closely knit group prefer members who are recommended by a common friend.
Key factor: For women only; When: 11 am to 2 pm on workday; Where: South Delhi cafes; Next session: November 18; Next read: The Private Patient by PD James; Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gurgaon Connection book club
The group of 25 expats meets to mull over books over wine and cheese. “We try to expose the members to different style of writing,” says Holly Lancsher, coordinator of the group. Key factor: Expats only; When: Second Wednesday of the month, 8pm; Where: Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurgaon; Next session: November 16; Next read: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay; Contact: www.gurgaonconnection.com
Formed in 2004, the group has 13 members who meet once a month. Mallika Berry, a dental surgeon by profession and fashion stylist by choice started this group. Fiction is the group’s favourite genre with The Palace of Illusions and The Witch of Portobello being the top reads.
Key factor: Fiction
When: One Sunday of the month
Where: Coffee Shops in Delhi
Next session: November
Next read: The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi
Started by Sunil Sharma, an investment banker, the group has members between the age group of 20 to 40 years. “I felt a vacuum of book clubs in the city. Hence, I started this endeavour,” says Sharma. Members meet and discuss various aspects of books they read the week before.
When: Every alternate Saturday, 4pm to 6pm
Where: Coffee Shop on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
Next session: November 5
Next read: A Game of Thrones by George R. Martin; Contact: email@example.com; www.facebook.com/novelideas.com
Delhi Book Club
The 15 members of the group take turns to host the meet once a month at their home. The members don’t just read a book, but also explore it by dressing up and acting as the character in the book and by creating the same ambience.
Key factor: Fun and innovation with characters
When: Friday or Saturday, once a month, 8pm onwards
Where: Each member’s home
Next read: Book on your favourite musician
Delhi Book Club — Meetup
The group’s online account has 80 members, but 7 to 10 people usually turn up for the meet. The founder, Vinayak Tripathi, is an architect by profession who loves books. The group likes to read classics such as the The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
When: 4pm on first and third Saturday of the month
Where: Khan Market or Connaught Place
Next session: November 5
Next read: The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker; Contact: www.me-etup.com/Delhi-Book-Club/
Aravali Book Club
This group is formed by members of the Gurgaon-based non-profit organisation called Aravali Centre for Arts and Culture. The group has an informal library to borrow books. The group reads two books in a month.
When: First Saturday of the month, 4:30 to 6:30pm
Where: Bubble Fuelled, V-31/1, DLF III, Gurgaon; Next session: November 5; Next read: Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi;Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Book Club at India Habitat Centre
The group was started by theatre artist-author Bubbles Sabharwal almost a decade ago. Reading
sessions and interaction with authors are a key factor.
Key factor: Contemporary fiction When: Once a month on a Friday, 6:30 to 7:30pm; Next session: December first week; Next read: The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak; Contact: email@example.com
Book and Movie Club
The group attracts people from all over Delhi and Noida. “Every person can read a book of their choice over the month and discuss it in the club,” says Neha Yadav, a 22-year-old sports professional who started the club. The group also discusses movies at times.
When: Second Saturday of the month, noon to 2 pm; Where: Cafes
Next session: November 12; Next read: Book of your choice;