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Lust for literature

Apart from meeting for their book readings, the members also go to book fairs, author interactions and poetry sessions

books Updated: Apr 02, 2012 19:30 IST
Chetna Dua, Hindustan Times
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If you see a group of  youngsters sitting in a coffee shop, discussing books on a Saturday morning, don’t be surprised.

Everything And a Book Club Too — started about a month back by Puja Sethi, a 34-year-old artist in the city, encourages book lovers to get together to enjoy and discuss their favourite novels and authors. Apart from indulging in their lust for literature, the members also go to book fairs, author interactions and plays.

“We are passionate about everything related to literature, culture and theatre, apart from being a book club of course,” says Sethi. Shunning the image of the millennium city being culturally reticent, the club members aim to create a different intellectual space. “There are liquor shops in every nook and corner of Gurgaon, but not a good library or forum for people to read together. I have been reading alone in Gurgaon for the last ten years and it is a welcome change to be part of this group,” says Rishab Raman, a member.

The club has a mix of young college students, corporate employees, artists and engineers, who come to read and eat together. “We generally meet at coffee shops or eateries in DLF IV, or a cultural centre like India Habitat Centre or Epicentre,” adds Sethi. The club also runs regular polls about which authors to read, books to discuss, and themes for the month, on their official website. There is a also a provision for book lovers to read their favourite novels online. Lust for Life by Irving Stone, On Writing by Stephen King and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, are some books that members have read online and discussed in the club. The book club goers post their reviews online before meeting, which leads to extensive discussions.

Apart from the regular, weekly book readings, the members take part in activities like participating in poetry sessions and book fairs. “It’s fun to go to these festival together and checking out books. It opens one’s mind to  new thoughts,” says Akshay Bansal, 25. “My dream is to conduct a book drive in Gurgaon, where we collect books, and give them to charity,” concludes Sethi.

Book your place

What: Everything and a Book Club Too

When: Every Saturday, 11am or 6pm

Where: Coffee shops or cultural hubs in town

Membership Fee: Rs 100 per person

Next Meet-up:

11am at Mocha Coffee Shop, DLF Phase IV on April 6