Speed dating for book lovers
(And speaking as someone who recently forced two South Koreans in the smoking area of a pub to listen to an hour-long outpouring about the book I was reading on North Korean defectors, this is an area I’ve got form in). When one man kept my book gripped in his hand while he coughed all over it. Around 30 of us had gathered at Nordic, a Scandinavian themed bar in London's Soho -an equal split of men and women.We sat at low, wooden tables and talked literature for four minutes - to the sound of other punters gently playing ping pong in the background - before it was time to move on to the next bookworm. We used an app (Mixeo) to record any romantic intentions and added book recommendations, too.When we are having same conversation we can make friends," Umer Parikh, first year student of a city college said.The book lovers also clicked favourite moments at the selfie zone to frame the first ever literary speed dating.Do not look pretentious, or lightweight, beware a cynical choice and beware a book which takes itself too seriously.A children's book could make you appear immature and an electronic text is a no-no.As you stare he looks up, catches your eye and smiles – he asks for your number...
It's run of the mill speed-dating made intellectual – more Granta than Hello! The idea has already taken off across America and Canada, with speed-dating events held at such cultish venues as the Rare Book Room in New York's famous Strand bookstore (which holds an immensely popular literary speed-date every Valentine's Day).CEO, Oxford Book Store, the organiser of the event, Swagat Sengupta said, "This specially curated event is to provide one unique experience to the young book lovers of the city so they can build a community of book worms - where they can meet, love, interact, recommend and discuss everything related to the literary world." Explaining the format, he said, "each participant gets 5 minutes to interact with a fellow book lover of the opposite gender/ same gender before moving on to the next participant.