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Gurgaon’s first Human Library session: Get set to borrow a human..err.. book

After the success of the Delhi edition of Human Library in June this year, the Millennium City is all set to host its first edition, this weekend on October 8.

books Updated: Oct 05, 2017 11:01 IST
Naina Arora
A session conducted by a differently-abled individual, as part of the Human Library event held at Connaught Place in Delhi, in June this year.
A session conducted by a differently-abled individual, as part of the Human Library event held at Connaught Place in Delhi, in June this year.(Prabhas Roy/HT Photo)

Gurgaon, it’s your chance to borrow a human book, as the Millennium City is all set to host its first human library session, this weekend. Called Human Library—Gurgaon chapter, the free-for-all event, to be held on October 8, will allow people to walk in and borrow any one out of the 12 human books, for 20 minutes each. But instead of reading, one will get to hear real-life stories of struggle, resilience, unwavering strength, and stories of inspiration.

To participate, one can either register on the community’s Facebook page or simply walk in at the venue. The designated human books that will narrate their stories include an environmental crusader, a recovering drug addict, a homosexual, and an HIV fighter. “The idea is to bridge the gap between readers and books, and reach out to more people, young and old, while touching upon social issues. In Delhi, we received more than 2,000 entries from people who wanted to participate and experience a human library. People were very enthusiastic about the whole concept, and it was a big hit, with more than 900 people present at a time. After its success, a lot of people requested us to host similar events in the NCR, especially Gurgaon and Noida,” says Nishkarsh Kaushik, from the organising team that has been planning the event for more than a month.

Organisers, volunteers, and participants at the Human Library, Delhi, held in June this year (Prabhas Roy/HT Photo)

“We will have a human book to narrate the experience of being a homosexual. In a country like ours where issues such as LGBTQI aren’t entertained on big platforms, we have made sure to include people from all walks of life. Through this event, readers can understand the importance of acceptance, and also the detachment that an individual feels in the society. Another human book — an environmentalist — is an individual who has been living in the Himalayas, and helping local bodies to solve issues of pollution and industrialisation hampering the environment.”

The concept of human libraries was first introduced in 2000, at the Roskilde Fair in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since then, humanists from over 80 countries have created an ever-expanding network of Human Libraries, across the globe. In India, the event has previously been conducted in cities such as Hyderabad, Indore, and Chandigarh. The Delhi version, conducted at Connaught Place, was a huge success.

Aditi Chug, a participant at the Delhi Session of Human Library, recalls her experience at the event. “The Human Library event in Delhi, despite being organised on a large scale, was very well-organised. It was a wonderful experience to hear stories of people from all walks of life. I am very excited that it’s now being held in Gurgaon, and I’m planning to travel there to take part. I enjoyed the sessions by History Hunter and Himalayan Conservationist, in particular.”

According to the organisers, the event will be a regular feature in Gurgaon, now on, with sessions conducted every weekend. And if you have a story to share, you, too, can become a human book!

Catch It Live
  • What: Human Library Gurgaon Chapter
  • When: October 8
  • Where: 91 Springboard, Sector 18, Gurgaon
  • Timings: 11am to 6pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Sikanderpur on Yellow Line

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