Folks in Delhi, if you commute by the Metro, keep an eye out for books in the trains and on the stations!
Started by a Delhi couple to pass along their undying love for reading, Books on the Delhi Metro is an awesome initiative where books are dropped off in metro trains, waiting to be discovered and read.
Shruti Sharma, a writer and Tarun Chauhan, a civil engineer, who spend many hours travelling in the metro each day and carried their own books to pass the commute time, were fascinated by the Books on the underground campaign by British actress Emma Watson’s last year.
Marking the books with ‘Books on the Delhi Metro’ stickers, Shruti and Tarun drop these on the Delhi Metro.
They post clues about the locations on their social media accounts in Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
And if you end up stumbling upon one, you are expected to post about its discovery, followed by the hashtag #booksonthedelhimetro and obviously read the book! After having finished the book, you need to leave it back in the metro for someone else to read.
After finding that Emma ‘Hermione’ Watson had partnered with a global initiative called Books on the Move that already has branches in about 14 countries, Shruti reached out to them, seeking permission to do the same in India.
And like the light at the end of the tunnel, the Delhi Metro leg finally found its track last month.
“The main aim is to get people to read more. I don’t want them to be just hooked to their mobile phones or watching videos”, Shruti told HuffPost.
Having dropped off five books so far, the couple intends to leave a new book with each coming week and slowly increase the number of books along with introducing Hindi books in the future.
Currently adding books from their own hoard, they are inviting fellow bibliophiles to donate books for the initiative and have plans of organising book donation drives.
Way to go, guys!
You can reach out to them on their Facebook page.