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Divided by cultures, love for books bind expats in Gurgaon

india Updated: Jul 17, 2011 01:30 IST
Divya Sethi
Divya Sethi
Hindustan Times
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Some may argue that reading habit is on a wane among urban youngsters, who are bitten by the social networking bug, but this group of young book lovers in the city will prove the sceptics wrong.

The ‘Gurgaon Connection Book Club’ encourages reading habit among men and women in their 20s.

Meet these 25 members of the club, who hail from different parts of the world. It is their knack to explore the world of books that brings them together.

They meet once a month and share their views about the book that they have read the last month.

Though it is not the place that matters, their favourite hangout is Kingdom of Dreams, where they usually chill out and talk about books.

It is not mandatory for the members of the club to buy each book.

The member, who buys a book shares it with the other members. Otherwise, each member has his own collection of books. The range of books varies from fiction to drama or science fiction.

While talking about the authors, Elizabeth Adamson, a member of the club, said it is the book that matters for us, though we have books penned by both Indian and international authors.

Holly Lacsher, another member, said, “A book club comes handy if you want to read across various genres. It is also a great way to make new friends. It provides you with an opportunity to talk about a familiar topic with like-minded people.”

Gwen Brugger, another member from the USA, said, “We all love reading books, but every individual has his own taste. After joining the club, I have read even those books, which I would not have otherwise. I feel each book says something, we need to develop taste for the same.”

Talking about the perception that reading habit is dying, Adamson said, “Parents ought to play a vital role to inculcate reading habit in kids. They should read out books to their children. This will develop inquisitiveness among them about books. When they grow up, they will indeed develop a taste for reading.”

Helen Coligate, another member, said, “I talk to my children about books. Now, even they talk about the books they have read or are planning to read. I think my success story starts from here If I manage to bring even one person close to books, I feel I have accomplished my mission.”

Whereas Mette Faxholm feels, “Youngsters are more inclined to Facebook and other social networking sites. Though it is not a bad habit, we need to teach them how to strike a balance between reading and other activities. Reading is a skill they should endeavour to master for the rest of their lives.”