The Book Club SRCC witnessed the coming together of book lovers at the third edition of their annual fest ‘Book Barter 3.0’ in a two day long extravaganza on 30th and 31st of March. The idea behind the event was to exchange one story for another and encourage each student to pick a book and begin reading. In the process, the book enthusiasts had an enthralling experience discussing ideas and exchanging books.
As many as 150 books exchanged hands at the event. The fad for the books like ‘The God of Small Things’ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ could still be felt in the air. The books of authors like John Grisham, Paulo Coelho, Jeffrey Archer and many more were also on display. The participants in the barter were given bookmarks and page holders prepared by the Book Club members as gifts.
The speaker session ‘Author-Itarian’, aimed to cherish modern literature featured Nikita Singh, author of ‘If it’s not forever’ and Bibhu Datta Roy, an investment banker turned writer. When asked whether Nikita Singh would make a transition from her genre of love stories, she remarked, “I would certainly enjoy including darker themes 4-5 years down the line, but my readers shouldn’t expect a total shift to other fiction genres”. Bibhu Datta encouraged potential writers saying, “One should always follow their passion with utmost grit”.
The Chief Event Coordinator, Divyansh Pandey shared his experience of organizing Book Barter 3.0, “The entire event was nothing short of amazing. Even though we had a small team and the evnt being on the wrong side of the mid-sem break, we managed to attract a very healthy and interesting crowd. There were many last minute unexpected curveballs thrown, but the event went on smoothly”.
Along with the Book Barter 3.0, the Book Club also published and provided its annual newsletter, named after the famous Persian poet: Rumi. Rumi, the annual newsletter of the society is filled with various fictional poems and proses along with listicles and crosswords.
Picture credits: The Book Club SRCC