Jaipur Book Lovers Club, does that sound interesting? I first heard about Jaipur Book Lovers club in February when I met Akshay & Shatabdi of Traveling book fair. Click here to read about it. I came to know through Akshay that they were in Jaipur on an invitation by Jaipur Book Lovers club (JBL). I happened to meet Vipul Morarka, a member of Jaipur Book Lovers club at the venue. Incidentally, their meet up was in progress at the venue, Home Cafe in C-Scheme. Vipul invited me to join the ongoing session of JBL but due to the paucity of time, I couldn’t do so.
A few weeks ago, someone forwarded an invite by Jaipur Book Lovers Club with a theme “Travel Books” along with details on meetup. Special guest for this meet up was none other than Ms. Dharmedra Kanwar – a famous heritage conservationist in Jaipur. She is also an author of popular guide Jaipur:10 Easy Walks.
The subject seemed interesting. I was aware that JBL meets always has an agenda or theme which is pre-decided. Even though the meetup of JBL takes place every alternate Sunday, my schedule doesn’t permit me to attend on a regular basis. It’s a task for me to plan for one. But I definitely wanted to attend this meetup. I reached the venue – Urban Hub cafe, a few minutes late and the session had already started. Luckily, there were many more like me – late and new!!
I was impressed with the warmth showered on new faces by the club members and coordinators alike! Everyone was quite happy & excited. “Bonded by Books” I guess!
The meeting started with a round of introduction of members. It was interesting to note that there were members from every age group. Students as well as retired people! Along with the introduction round everyone was also supposed to speak about their favorite travel book and author. There were many book lovers who were not into travel books but still, they didn’t want to miss the session and therefore attended this meet. There were travelers who were not into books!! Interesting! It’s good to see people come together on one platform.
The session continued with people sharing their thoughts on travel and book reading. One of the member Mr. OP Joshi who was earlier a correspondent pulled out two travel guides he published. One of them was a Pushkar travel guide written in French and while the other one was Jaipur travel guide. The latter is a miniature travel guide on Jaipur city. Pretty unique and awesome though It’s out of print now.
After this round of discussion, the convener of the meetup asked Ms. Dharmendra Kanwar to talk on her travels and experiences; it was followed by an interactive round with members posing questions to her. She spoke about her experiences of traveling in far off locations in days when women did not have the liberty to travel alone and how her family supported her in these endeavors. She traveled widely across Rajasthan for her writing assignments. An interesting question asked by one of the members – were not authors under pressure to write favorably for their clients whereas the situation demanded otherwise? She was quite upfront that she would never mislead her readers. An interesting point she made was that people refer to books for a long time whereas situation might change over the years. She advised that people should recheck with the current reviews and updates.
The Jaipur Book Lovers club session concluded with a group photo and subject for next two meetups. The two-hour meet up was quite interesting. Hearing diverse age group and background coming together for a healthy discussion is quite enlightening. Even though I was aware of the Jaipur Book Lovers club, being part of it is certainly a different experience. For book lovers in Jaipur, it’s a must attend! Do not miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded book lovers. You can contact Jaipur Book Lovers Club via their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and board on meetup.com
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