29 April, Mumbai
A hamlet in Satara district of Maharashtra is all set to embrace the tag of India’s first ‘village of books’.
The concept is inspired by Britain’s Hay-on-Wye, a Welsh town known for its book stores and literature festivals. Bhilar village located near picturesque hill station Panchagani is popular for its strawberries.
This project involves 25 artistically decorated locations around the village, which will be turned into reader hot spots with display of books on wide-ranging subjects.
Around 15,000 books in Marathi would be made available in the village premises.