Enter into a beautiful ambiance, have conversations (not chats) over books with book lovers and leave with a new book I would actually read. My kind of party? Hell yeah!
Emotions are Offline is where I dived into this idea first, where I felt there is a need for people to go offline to find meaning in life. My idea was a bit different yet the crux to get people to talk in reality was same. A week ago I witnessed this idea come to life at a Book Swap Party held at Le Cafe in Chembur.
Priyesh Thakkar, the brain behind the idea quit his job to make this event happen. It was the second time the event was taking place and they already had more than half entries expected. This made me happy as it meant there still exist people who would wish to come out, talk and convince someone to take a book, get one for self instead of lazing around on a Sunday afternoon.
My experience was special because I had a beautiful conversation over philosophy with the first person I sat with. Though I didn’t exchange my book with him, I penned down many recommendations from him. I finally got a term for the kind of reading I do thanks to a sarcastic guy I came across who called me an ’emotional reader’ and judged me big time. Yet, the conversation with him made me question and understand all the books on my bookshelf. I felt proud of what I have read back home though I felt like a stupid reader in the entire conversation.
There were many other conversations that I will dive into again and again for inspiration but this one lady I met struck a chord. She was a television writer and very easily convinced me to go back to writing my book. I owe it to her that I went back to my draft that very day.
A thought provoking movie Shut Up screened for us, became the highlight of last Sunday. The idea of the movie should be heard and spread in today’s world. If you are reading this please search for the movie, it would hardly take few minutes of your day to refresh your thought process.
Even after all this I was still a little low that I couldn’t get my book exchanged. But that day some powers wished to not let anything left undone for that one day. After the book swap party when I entered local train I met a girl I couldn’t talk at the event. I liked her book and kind of convinced her for mine.
A conversation on philosophy, bookshelf retrospection, back to my book draft, refreshed idea of freedom because of the movie and also a new book. My kind of party? Hell yeah!
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