Flowering at different gardens in Mumbai, the silent reading communities inspired by Cubbon Reads in Bengaluru, are bringing not only the young but also the old to read in open spaces. Sitting quietly devoid of interaction, readers can simply read with like-minded people while enjoying everything that nature has to offer
The ’Bandra Reads’ silent reading community meets at the jogger’s park on Carter Road every Sunday from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Photo Courtesy: Amie Fazulbhoy
For a little over the last two months, every weekend, bookworms in Mumbai have been making a beeline to congregate with fellow book lovers and read silently in nature’s lap in Colaba, Bandra, Juhu, Borivali, and even Thane. With children as young as three years old to people in their 50s, these meetups don’t necessarily require people to interact with each other. All they need to do is show up with mats or bedsheets to sit on, some snacks to munch on, and carry books to read in silence in the presence of a like-minded community and nature. The ‘silent reading community’ is not like a typical book club but is turning out to be an alternative space for readers devoid of the regular fanfare of book launches, author talks and pre-book releases too.