It is said that a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. Mumbai’s Human Library is unique in itself because it is taking that saying literally and organizing an event on July 2 where you actually borrow people and talk to them.
A previous event was successfully held in April.
The idea of Human Library was first initiated in Denmark by Ronni Abergel in 2000 in order to bring a social change and encourage people who feel marginalised to speak out.
In India, it was started by Harshad Fad. The first such event was held in Indore in 2016. The second, in Hyderabad.
The movement is spread across boundaries. Just like you connect with your books, here you will be connected with people having a plethora of emotions. The aim to organize such an event is to help each and every person come forward and share their unheard of stories.
An inquisitive reader has to first pick a book from any of the genres available. The reader can then speak with the book-in-charge, basically a human.
People going through different phases of life can associate themselves to this library. Take lessons, gain support and love for themselves and the identity they have built. Titles of the books are not based on the names of people but the real subject matter of their lives they choose to share, be it recovering from drug abuse, fighting cancer and depression, be a plus-sized Muslim woman model or be a transgender.
You will find all genres in one room, unedited and non-fictional. In today’s time people are running around unaware of the fact that what they chase is not that really matters but what they miss out is going to leave a huge impact in time to come.
This library is all about breaking the silence and indulging in one-on-one conversation where you hear and are being constructively heard.
It is a powerful and moving experience where you are united with yourself and you are allowed to say what was left unsaid or was stereotyped in society.
“There is a story and a storyteller in everyone. We decided to tap into their inner raconteur and reached out to the people we knew are living out-of-the-box lives,” says Priyanka Pimpale, core team member of Human Library’s Mumbai Chapter to Mid-day.com.