Started by two bibliophiles, Akshay and Satabdi, ‘Walking Book Fair’ is a unique initiative under which the duo is covering several districts of Odisha taking books of various genres to people across the state to inculcate reading habit among them.
While Akshay has worked with a reputed publishing house, Satabdi has completed post graduation in mass communication from Utkal University and worked with a leading advertising agency.
The duo are also organising book and poetry-reading sessions, storytelling, story writing, photography and creative writing workshops for young children.
It all began last year in Koraput with books in a backpack. They carried the books and displayed them in public spaces such as bus stops and pavements for people to have a look at. They went to small villages and towns in Koraput district, where people have no access to books. The few bookstores that do exist in smaller towns have only text books and stationery.
The ‘Read Odisha Tour 2015’ is their second Odisha book tour. They started April 21, 2015, from Bhubaneswar, with a book exhibition and public reading. The ‘Read Odisha Tour 2015’ will travel to all 30 districts of Odisha in 15 days.