Don’t borrow a book, borrow a human: The Human Library to open in Delhi this Sunday

The Human Library Delhi, opens on June 18 in Connaught Place, where you can borrow your own 'human book' for 20 minutes.

Written by Shruti Chakraborty | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2017 5:26 pm
human library, human library delhi, human library india, Ronni Abergel Started in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2000 by Ronni Abergel in an attempt to enforce social change and encourage conversation around marginalised communities, the Human Library movement has expanded to around 80 countries. (Source: Human Library Hyderabad/Facebook)

Most of us have gone to a library and checked out a book, but what if you could now borrow a human to answer all your questions instead? Yes, there is something called a Human Library, and this Sunday (June 18) it’s making its way to Delhi. This unique concept allows you to borrow a ‘human book’ for around 20 minutes, ask any number of questions to them that would help dispel misconceptions, provide more information and provide participants with better knowledge of a subject or idea, after which they are to be ‘returned’ to the depot.

Started in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2000 by Ronni Abergel in an attempt to enforce social change and encourage conversation around marginalised communities, the Human Library movement has expanded to around 80 countries. 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 will showcase ‘books’ from 11 categories, ranging from a recovering drug abuser, Buddhism practitioner and tea-seller turned author to female solo traveller, cancer survivors, bullying victim and a history chronicler, among others.

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, along side others who are first-timers. Singh expects 500-600 at the first event, in which she 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, opens on June 18, 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.

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    Rishi Kumar Srivastava
    Jun 20, 2017 at 7:15 am
    Sir, I want to connect with human library. I want to parti te in this program as a parti nt and as a library in spiritual world. So I want to reach Delhi in any day and any time. I have lot of ideas in spiritual thinking. So kindly connect me in this human development program. You can take my interview at any day and time. I will be reach at Hyderabad on 16, 17 August, 2017. Also you can contact me on mob. no. given below or kindly give me phone no. of human library at new Delhi and Hyderabad. 274/69, second street, rajendra nagar lucknow- 226006 Mob. 9454410478
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    shrawan tiwari
    Jun 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm
    i also wantto be a to part for Human Librery
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