Spreading the word
In focus Pushpendra Pandya on his India’s First Crowd-Sourced Library
One man. A room full of books. Enthusiastic book lovers from across the country. What happens when they combine resources? India’s First Crowd Sourced Library (IFCSL) is formed. Pushpendra Pandya from Mumbai started this initiative in October last year. “I realised that words heal loneliness. There are a lot of lonely people around,” says Pandya on what made him come up with this idea. “I used to work at the Rani Baugh Zoo (Mumbai) and feed the crows, squirrel and fish.. I made friends with a few elderly gentlemen by offering them my newspaper to read. A few days later I realised they waited for more reading material from me.” That made him think of spreading the joy of reading and keeping up the real book reading experience.
The library started off with around 400 books and now has 2,000 plus, all neatly stacked in Pandya’s bedroom. The number is soaring and he is is looking for space which he can transform into a library. He’s hoping the membership fee will help him rent a place. The members number around 50.
“I want to reach out to book lovers in small towns as well,” says Pandya who now works as a copywriter.
The library has branched out to Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Chennai, with few other cities too waking up to the concept. “We have found many people in these cities who can run the library.”
For details, log onto http://www.crowdsourcedlibrary.com