This Mumbai book club sends you curated titles to discuss plots over beer

Mar 05, 2018, 11:14 IST | Trina Chaudhuri

Can you finish six titles in 15 days? If you are up for the challenge, become a member of a book club and attend discussions at a popular pub over beer

If you are the kind of person who loves to buy books, arrange them on shelves and read them never, then you definitely need some challenge to keep you on your toes. A book club comes to the rescue where they will send you a curated list of titles, tempt you to read them and then discuss plots and nuances at a session, over beer.
"All our taprooms have a good collection of books, graphic novels, comics, magazines and board games. So, we were looking at doing something interesting with them, and came up with the book club," informs Tresha Guha of Doolally.

A writing workshop in progress
A writing workshop in progress

The pub has had its fair share of trial sessions. After hosting several groups who share their love for books, including the broke bibliophiles monthly meet-ups, bring-your-own-book meets and writing wor­kshops with pub­lished authors like Meghna Pant and Karishma Attari, it became a routine. "The idea (for these sessio­ns) is simple.
Biblio­p­h­iles will bond on­ce a month and have a detailed discussion on the sub­ject and characters of the book," shares Guha.

The fifth bring-your-own-book meet up
The fifth bring-your-own-book meet up

This time, however, the process is different. Vivek Tejuja, customer engagement manager (for books) with Flipkart, will moderate the sessions. He has shortlisted the books keeping in mind that participants are comfortable, and part of an experience that is new. For these sessions, the moderator will provide relevant book recommendations
and even rope in authors to participate. So, if you wish to be a part of a brainstorming session and share your literary opinion, all you have to do is get a membership any time this mon­th. The shortlisted books will be delivered to you 15 days before a session, leaving ample time to finish them.

Sign up All March (for membership)
At Doolally Taproom, off New Link Road, Andheri West.
Call 7400171674
Log on to
Cost Rs 1,800

Shortlisted titles
Winter by Ali Smith
A sequel to Autumn, this one casts a merry eye over a bleak, post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth.

Women Power by Mary Beard
Beard addresses, in this brave book, the misogynists and trolls who mercilessly attack and demean women the world over.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Lee's story follows Sunja, the daughter of a Korean family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
This novel is about a young couple, who live in an unnamed city undergoing civil war and finally have to flee.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The book focusses on an Irish family in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
It's a father-son story featuring Abraham Lincoln.

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