Human Library In Delhi:
The Human Library Delhi opened on 18th June in Connaught Place, where you can borrow your own ‘human book’ for 20 minutes. The Human Library movement was started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000 by Ronni Abergal in an attempt to embark upon social change and encourage conversations around the marginalised communities and is now spread across 80 countries. For some of us book reading can be a sleepy ride and we tend to stroll inside a library reading the back of the book to find the most suitable tale that excites us, but chiefly our questions in the end remain a question mark After all the soaked curiosity.
So, this unique concept of the Human Library allows you to borrow a ‘human book’ for a phase of 20 minutes and your human book is entitled to dispel all your disillusions and misconceptions, to enrich you with more information and better knowledge of the idea after which they are deported to their spot.
In India, it was introduced in Hyderabad, then made its way to Mumbai, before coming to the Capital. According to Neha Singh, book depot manager of the Delhi chapter, the first event showcased ‘books’ from 11 categories, ranging from a recovering drug abuser, Buddhist practitioner and tea-seller turned author to female solo traveller, cancer survivors, bullying victim and a history chronicler, among others.
How It Works?
The human books have been chosen based on their knowledge of the subject and their personal experiences. Some have previously participated in the project and are even known figures in their respective fields, alongside others who are first-timers. Singh has partnered with MYOLO, Lets Barter and RoadRomeo. She and her team hope to organise at least one such meet a month, at varying venues and different books each time.
The Human Library, Delhi, opened on June 18, and is nor functional from 2pm to 7pm at Innov8, Connaught Place. The event is free for all. Book slots will be given on first come, first served basis. This movement is a treat for all the ‘book worms’ across the globe and is also a sigh of relief for the ‘book repellents’ who would rather listen to a book than have it in their lap. This movement is on its way for a huge success followed by appreciation.