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What is Gurgaon reading on World Book Day?
The World book day celebrated everywhere on April 23 was talked about with gusto among bibliophile in Gurgaon. While there were a few people on Facebook, wishing others on the day, others needs their memories refreshed about the day. It was the day when two great writers of their time- Shakespeare and Migel de Cervantes died and the UNESCO started celebrating the day to promote reading in various parts of the world. Trying to understand the pulse of Gurgaon, as far as reading goes, we talked to a a few people.

Manish Kinger, Founder of Gurgaon Book Club had no clue how friendly Gurgaon was to books when he started the book club some 3 years back. However, as the group grew from 5 members to 455 facebook members, he realised that even with their busy schedules, Gurgaon has no dearth of book fanatics. Opposing the fact that many feel we as a generation have stopped appreciating literature, he said, ''I would not agree to the thought as I am surrounded by people, who are readers. We have evolved from one book to the next- from Indian authors to classics to others and I have comes across people who reads three books at a time. I know a lot of people, who reads and in our group, we have a culture where we share, suggest and read various kinds of books.''

When asked as to whether he has seen a trend among Gurgaon readers, Kinger said, ''I would love to say there is a trend, but we as readers have diverse taste. In the last six months we have picked up books such as Oscar Wilde's The picture of Dorain Grey, Jhumpa Lahiri's Lowland to Tharun James Jimani's Cough Syrup Surrelism. So, there is a lot of diversity as each member share their own experience of books. And if you look at it there is no formula, but only a matter of opinion and choice.''

There are a number of book clubs in the city and one of a friend, who wishes to remain anonymous said, ''It is just a fashion statement, as I was a part of such club and it did not contribute. I did not feel a part of it and somehow I did not take to it.'' However, many would differ from the above statement. Kinger also said, ''I was not exposed to many books before the book club. The most important thing is that how people push you to read books, for example, the current book that we are reading was actually suggested by a group member visiting from Abu Dabi and we took it up. Personally, I feel that book clubs do inculcate a reading habit.''

The World Book Day might not be that popular, but when asked Gurgaon residents as to what they are reading the answers were quite interesting. Anna Karenina, Dracula, Gandhi Before India, PG Wodehouse seemed to be among the favourites. What is it that you are reading or are you too busy to really give time to books?

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