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A haven for bibliophiles: Inside India’s first ‘book village’ near Pune

Bhilar village, modelled on a Welsh town known as world’s largest second-hand book centre, is a treat for any literature lover

mumbai Updated: May 06, 2017 11:51 IST
Satyajit Joshi
Satyajit Joshi
Hindustan Times
Expect quirky murals that promote literature all over Bhilar, a small village near Mahabaleshwar.
Expect quirky murals that promote literature all over Bhilar, a small village near Mahabaleshwar.(HT Photo)
It was education minister Vinod Tawde’s idea to convert Bhilar village near Mahabaleshwar, famous for its strawberries, into a book village or ‘pustakache gaon’.
It was education minister Vinod Tawde’s idea to convert Bhilar village near Mahabaleshwar, famous for its strawberries, into a book village or ‘pustakache gaon’. ( Satyajit Joshi )
Artists have tried to capture the love for reading through their murals.
Artists have tried to capture the love for reading through their murals. ( Satyajit Joshi )
NCP chief Sharad Pawar spent nearly two hours engrossed in Bhilar’s books on Thursday.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar spent nearly two hours engrossed in Bhilar’s books on Thursday. ( Satyajit Joshi )
As many as 75 artists were roped in to beautify the village and paint murals.
As many as 75 artists were roped in to beautify the village and paint murals. ( Satyajit Joshi )
The state plans to boost tourism through this initiative.
The state plans to boost tourism through this initiative. ( Satyajit Joshi )
Pick up one of 15,000 rare books, stashed at 25 locations across this village.
Pick up one of 15,000 rare books, stashed at 25 locations across this village. ( Satyajit Joshi )
What are you waiting for? Come, experience literature like never before.
What are you waiting for? Come, experience literature like never before. ( Satyajit Joshi )
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