The very renowned Social Club of Chandigarh became a library on 30 September, a different one, with human books. Live sessions with human readers were done, with human books narrating their own self stories in their own words. A very interactive and authentic idea, it’s basically a foreign concept which aims towards breaking the notions and stereotypes that one forms of someone even before actually experiencing a direct conversation with them in real life.
Books are judged by their covers, and so are humans; and the motto of the world spread concept of ‘Human Library’ is to break all such stereotypes.
In the words of the ‘human library’ organisation itself, “The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.
The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.
A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.”
The event began at its scheduled time, 10:30 am sharp. The staff was very warm and welcoming. There was a separate registration counter where library cards for the human library were disturbed. Interested readers were given a flyer, out of which they were allowed to select and read as many books as they wished.
There were a total of 10 human books, each one with an ever unique and different title, and stories which were full of struggles and obstacles, distinguishing the human books from the regular paperback editions.
The ability to interact and interrogate directly with the authors, made the sessions very special and interesting. The readers were very keen on learning and knowing new ideologies and stories directly from the human books live.
The 10 human books were very creative and persistent throughout the hurdles they had to face in life. Even hurdles like epilepsy, physical disability, gender discrimination, drug addiction; the list of which is endless, could not stop them from achieving or reaching their goal.
One of the human books, Mansi Laus Deo the author of ‘A Nosh Of Life’ even said, that Epilepsy could not hold her back because it was just a ‘nosh’ of life, (Urdu word for ‘bite’) and not her entire life.
The author Jagwinder Singh of the human book, ‘Against All Odds’, also said, “I, even without my hands, am not disabled. Disabled are who have everything they need but fail to put it to their advantage or understand the value of it before they lose it.”
Evidently enough, the human book sessions were very enlightening to the readers.
Towards the end of the event, two best of the ten human books, ‘Against All Odds’ and ‘So What If He Likes Pink’ were selected, and one of them, namely ‘Against All Odds’ was awarded the best book title, leaving the readers impacted, inspired and empowered to the very core of their imagination.
About the Author:
Gaurangi Gupta (DAV College 10)