A “lit” festival: One for the books | Latest Delhi News

As Delhi University (DU) festivals go offline, young people have found space for their passions and talents, from dance, theater and music to food and more. And a healthy treat for bibliophiles was the offline edition of Bibliotheca, the annual literary festival of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS). Events ranged from poetry slam and open mic to film screenings, a human library and even a blind dating event based on literary interests! There were also book stands for students to buy a new read.

Have you ever wondered what a book would say if you had questions after turning the last page? Here you could, as a library of human books – hearsay – keep students engaged with interesting life stories and anecdotes. Srishti Taneja, a human book titled Vision of Glory, shared how she struggled to shine in the cutthroat corporate world despite having an incurable eye disease. “It was my first time sharing my story in book form. It would be great if my experiences could help someone and give them hope,” shares Taneja.

Ringing in with finger snaps from listeners amid dim lighting and floor-to-ceiling seating was Khwaab, a trilingual slam poetry contest. Participants shared compositions about womanhood, love, loss, and even personal battles and dark times in their lives.

From a meet-and-greet event based on literary interests to a poignant poetry slam and library of humans, the literary festival saw a myriad of emotions. (Photo: Manish Rajput/HT)

Another highlight of the festival was the blind dating event. The Literary Society played Cupid, pairing the contestants based on a pop culture quiz taken beforehand. “A chocolate to share, supplies to draw your date, 21 questions to ask…we made sure people had enough to break the ice. It was fun,” says Diksha Bhargava, an SSCBS student and enlightened society member.

And cute was how Srishti, a young student, described her experience with the blind date, sharing, “We didn’t know each other so it was a completely blind date. We’re not even from the same college. But it was great and cute! Maybe I’ll be friends with him, or maybe it could become something. Who knows!”

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