It was in 2015 that we held our first Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) Party. Since Pothi.com is a book company and the founders are devoted readers, the idea was to get people to talk about the books they loved. Unlike a book club where the point of discussion is a single book, at this party, book lovers could choose any book. This made the parties supremely interesting. We had participants from all walks of life- scientists, engineers, start-up founders, lawyers, writers, creatives, colonels, bankers, students, some regulars, many newbies who discussed fiction and non-fiction, movies and food with gusto. Seldom were there awkward silences; sometimes there were even tears and heated discussions.
No genre was exempt. We discussed fiction, mythology, fractured fairytales, crime thrillers, vernacular language books, graphic novels and non-fiction books featuring science, history, poetry, business and commerce, self-help, spirituality, etc. We also interviewed select participants.
The highlight of our BYOB Parties was the after party where Red Velvet cupcakes and dhokla were served.
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