Posted by: bluesyemre | March 24, 2016

#TravellingLibrary: The two Indians on a road trip to promote #books


How many books do you carry while travelling?

Whatever your record, it’s unlikely that you have beaten Satabdi Mishra and Akshaya Ravtaray. The two friends are on an ambitious 10,000 km (6,213 miles) road trip in their minivan, and have taken an eye-popping 4,000 books with them. They say they are on a “mission” to promote book reading across towns, cities and villages because they believe that “more Indians need to read books”.

‘Tiring journey’

The duo began their journey in early December 2015 from Bhubaneswar in the eastern state of Orissa. The BBC caught up with them in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh which was the 16th stage of their trip. It has been a tiring but exhilarating ride for the two, who told the BBC they “achieved what we set out to do”. They have met hundreds of people, ranging from writers to book lovers to first-time book buyers.

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