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Started by someone with the pseudonym of Ritesh Agarwal, Book Deals for Broke Bibliophiles was an online page to let people know about book deals. Soon after, physical chapters with meet-ups were started in different cities and in 2017, Abhiram R and Radhika Chauhan started the Bangalore chapter.

Talking about how it works, Abhiram says, “I create an event on eventbrite.com; the number of attendees is capped at 20. This is because if there are too many people at the meet-up, it gets a bit much to manage. I want everyone to be able to talk. We stress upon the fact that they should talk about how the book made them feel; it’s not about reading the blurb.”

As for how the club functions, he says, “We tried other things but now it’s about talking about whatever you read. We have a bunch of regular readers and so they talk about what they are reading in the month. If they are new, they generally talk about their interests and so on.”

Adding that author Ram Sivasankaran came in, Abhiram says, “It’s been serendipitous that authors have found us instead of the other way around. We are always looking for more authors to come in so we can pick their brains.”

Members of iBrowse, the earlier iteration of the book club run by Marianne de Nazareth, would meet at Catholic Club. With Book Bound, started in 2018, the members meet on the terrace of Marianne’s house on Richmond Road.

Says Marianne, “There are two ways. One is we discuss any particular book which we read and enjoyed. Two, once in a way I have an author come in who will introduce their book, and read passages from it while I kind of facilitate. Then the floor is thrown open so that everyone can ask questions. And either we ask a book shop to come and sell the books or the author himself brings the books.”

She adds, “There is a core group of 20 to 25 members. Our book club is very open and relaxed; there is no pointing fingers. There is a lot of camaraderie because we have been together for nine years now.”

Book Masala was born in 2012 when author Milan Vohra was looking for a book club where people had actually read the book and would discuss it. “I also wanted a book club that allowed me to be with friends and also pushed me beyond my comfort zone in terms of what I would be reading.”

Stating that she wanted to ensure that it was democratic, she says, “In some book clubs, if there is one person who has founded it, they tend to decide the book. Or in some other book clubs, they don’t necessarily read the book but they invite an author to come and talk. A third variant was having a lecture series that one had to pay for. In Book Masala, one person volunteers to moderate or I ask them to. The moderator suggests three or four books and then we vote on what the book is for the month.”

She adds, “I haven’t let the number of members cross 25. So that at any point of time, even if half of them attend, that is a good size and makes for a good discussion where we can hear each other out.”

Rohini Malur, who has been running the Atta Galatta Book Club since October last year, says that the book club goes by themes every month not one specific book that everyone reads.

“This means that even if you find out that the meet-up is tomorrow, you can still bring something from that theme to talk about and go back with book recommendations on that. The next session is going to be on magical people.”

Stating that her only hobby is reading, Rohini says, “But that may not be the case with everybody for various reasons. What a book club does is set a kind of structure like ‘okay, I have to read this book and discuss it with other people’. It takes it from being a solitary experience to a social experience. It helps you connect with other people while you are reading.”

She adds, “Something I try to do in the book club is to say that we do not apologise for our opinions. If you like something that is not mainstream, that’s okay. You have the right to come here and talk about it. There is no judgement; it’s a loving, sharing space.”

How I Became An Expert on Businesses

THINGS YOU NEED WHEN SETTING UP A NEW SHOP.

When setting a shop for the first time, it will be scary and exciting at the same time. You will have so much to think about when setting up your new shop and you may end up forgetting some of the little things you need. There is so much to be done when setting up a new store and you cannot afford to forget either of them. When opening the shop you should come up with a few things that will prevent you from forgetting what you need. In this article, we are going to look at some of the items you will need when opening a shop for the first time.

A new shop should have shelves, furniture and other decorations for the customer. This items are known as shop fittings. You should think about installing the fittings first before you open the shop. The process of fixing the shop fittings is not difficult and most people do it by themselves. If you want to come up with an aesthetic that looks like that of a designer, you can use items like wood or old furniture. You can look for a shop’s fitting company to help you fix the smaller fittings like such as standards and shelves.

The next thing you should think about after installing the fittings is filling your shop with stock. This can be hard depending on the type of business you are putting up. When looking for stock for your shop, avoid using retail shops when buying the stock, instead, you can procure your stock from places that specialize in selling for businesses. If you get your stock from this place you will avoid overpaying for the stock and you will be able to sell higher than your competitors. From the sources that gather online, you can be able to get your stock as well. When procuring your items overseas you will have a variety of stock to choose from.

Once you have set up your shop, you will need to come up with a way in which your customers will be paying for the items. This means you will need a till in your shop and they are very important for a business. No one can be able to steal a till it will calculate your money and keep it safe for you even when the shop is open. For those who don’t carry cash around, you should take care of them by coming up digital form of currency. You should have a card reader in case your customers want to pay in a digital way. You will be avoiding making serious mistakes when putting up a new business for the first time if you read this article.