A group of students from Hyderabad has come up with the far-out idea of ‘Human Library’, where you can borrow humans instead of books.
Established by Harshad Fad, a student of mass media and communication at the Annapurna University in Hyderabad, the library is based on the concept of the age-old idea of sharing knowledge.
Human library was first introduced by in Denmark in the year 2000 by Ronni Abergel along with his brother and colleagues as a part of a youth movement called 'Stop the Violence'.
Fad's college organises human library events, where people are given the option to choose from a set category of human books. Anyone can be a human book unless they have an interesting story to tell and fit in the set categories given by Fad.
Their debut event was organised on March 2017 and 10 human books were available. The number of books is expected to double at the next event.
You get a period of 30 mins with your human book and the best part of the human book is that you can ask questions and communicate with your book.
This was the catalog for the event:
Sharing one’s story can be very emotional and strengthening.
“After each reading session we ask the human books how they feel and if they are emotionally equipped to share more,” Fad said.
Telling about his experience the human book Andy Silveira, an LGBTQ activist who also identifies as gay, said, “Narrating personal stories of my life to random people was a tad unnerving, yet it was also a learning experience of narrating it differently, especially when I was aware that a particular reader stayed back to listen to my story for the second time,” Silveria said.
He also went on to share how his identity serves an additional purpose,
“I was aware that I was offering a singular experience as a gay/lesbian life and giving my readers a peek into the similar as well as different points of view which shape our thought and experience.”
What’s more attracting about human books is that they can prove to be a great way to change the mindsets of people by sharing real life experiences through listening to the experiences of the books. Also, the reader is able to connect to its subjects in a deeply personal way.
It can also prove to bring about transforming change in mindset.
Information source: sbcltr
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