Bibliophiles, Pack Your Bags: India's First 'Book Village' Has Opened Up Near Mumbai

    Bhavika posted on 18 May

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    A piece of rather unbelievable news for all bibliophiles around: a village with books in every nook and corner exists in Maharashtra – and it has just opened up.

    Books, Books Everywhere

    On our travel list has always existed the little town in Wales called Hay-on-Wye which is a village of books.
    Closer home, a book village has just begun in a a hamlet wedged between Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, named Bhilar. It is about 250 km {that is about 5 hours from Mumbai}.

    As per this report in Hindustan Times, this village has been named ‘Pustakanche Gaon’ by the Maharashtra government, and this initiative began on May 4 with the aim to promote culture, tourism, literacy and the Marathi language.

    They have created spaces through the village, in streets, in people’s homes and made them into libraries, giving everyone access to reading. There will also be literary events and reading sessions held here in the future.

    The books are available in the Marathi language as of now, but in time there will be in Hindi and English options as well.

    So, We're Thinking...

    We are extremely excited about this initiative, and hope that it is picked up by other states in India as well. There’s also the hope that with this move, focus on education and literacy will increase because where there are books, shouldn’t there be readers?

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      Location Details

      Bhilar Village, Maharashtra