A piece of rather unbelievable news for all bibliophiles around: a village with books in every nook and corner exists in Maharashtra – and we are not even making this up.
Bibliophiles, Pack Your Bags: India's First 'Book Village' Is Just 5 Hours Away From Mumbai
What Makes It Awesome
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 is located in 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 is named ‘Pustakanch Gaav’ by the Maharashtra government, an initiative that began on May 4, 2017 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 are literary events and reading sessions that are regularly held here.
There are 19 libraries in total that have books from 19 different genres. While initially, the books available were only in Marathi language, they have been trying to stock Hindi and English options as well.
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?