Written by: Gajendra Surana.
Edited by: Divyajyot Joshi
Being an Ex-Xavierite and having read a few books, I walked in boisterously inside the Cafe Cafine, on M.I. road, the venue of Jaipur Book Lovers 27th
Meetup on “The Jungle Books and other works by Rudyard Kipling”.
In spite of being an hour late I waved a casual ‘Hi Everybody’ and sat down beaming with confidence and pride. It took less than 10 minutes for my pride
to disappear and when the next speaker
Dr. Swatii Chandak (PhD) got up to speak, my confidence was shattered to a million bits. Well read and pleasantly eloquent, she was so thorough on the
subject that I just
watched her, mesmerized. Her talk and delivery was such that it would put an orator to shame.
Next was Divyajyot, who appeared to be a college student and had a pile of books in front of him and he was even better.
I not only lost my confidence but was fidgeting in my chair with
Since this was my first meet up I knew that not much was expected of me but even then I rehearsed my basic introductory lines. Obviously I stammered and
was out of words but it did not show on the faces around me. They smiled and nodded, encouraging me to continue speaking.
I turned to the person sitting next to me and enquired “Who is the
President and the Secretary of this Club?” “None” came the curt reply. I asked for the registration fee and again came the same one word reply.
I sat there admiring Dr. Manu Saini’s conduction. A Gynecologist by profession and a ‘Gyani’ by knowledge. After her spoke other club members Prateekji,
Prashant, Joshua, Varsha Kalyani, Manu, Shubham, Sukriti, Abhishek Spy and many others including Dir Lajpat Rai. They were all good and specific on the
subject. Initially it was hard for me to believe that a club could exist and survive on the basis of solitary bond of love for books, apprehensive, I waited
for the ’Catch’ and even mingled with the group at the end of the meet up.
Believe me. There was none.