Human Books

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The modern world is one that is fast-paced and brimming with innovations, breakthroughs, and discoveries every single day. Pragyan, NIT Trichy, by itself, is a fest celebrating such an era of progress. But, progress isn’t always synonymous to being progressive. As we collectively move forward, are we as open-minded as we should be? At Pragyan, we believe that in order for advancements to amount to better standards of living, we need to acknowledge every difference and appreciate every experience. Saluting the fact that each person has a story behind their tough life choices, we present to you the third edition of the initiative closest to our hearts, Human Books.

From the team that brought you the Human Library experience in the previous editions of Pragyan, this is a concept that today’s progressive minds have put together. Do not judge a book by its cover, and do not determine a person by their appearances, choices or actions. At the Human Books event, humans are the “books” that you will be “lent”, with their myriad of life adventures being the “story” you “borrow” to “read”. This is your chance to widen up your field of thinking and see life through a different pair of eyes for an hour. So hurry up and register soon, for it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is capable of changing lives.

1. Feminist in the house

I am a feminist. And no, it didn’t make me angry or hate men. In fact, quite the contrary. It allowed me to be kind to myself and others. I look forward to sharing my personal journey of understanding what it means to be a feminist and why I think everyone should join the club.


2. Kintsugi - the art of embracing damages and mending broken souls

Indu speaks about her journey with divorce, depression and domestic violence and how she picked herself up and went on to start a support group for others dealing with issues similar to hers.


3.The feminist side of Islam

Brought up in the Middle East, you tend to identify customs in the other lands, that are regional/societal/psychological but not religious. My home and homeland India is no less. Many say it is a privilege that helps you make choices for yourself but how much are you willing to seek? to understand and believe in the other side? Is religion so fragile to be hurt by an empowered woman? Or is it the system you live in that forces you to believe so?


4. Smell blind

I can not smell. I am a book on congenital anosmia, the discovery of the sense of smell and imagining life without. Dotted with anecdotes of learning to smell using the other four senses, danger to life, my understanding of smell and how we can make life better for Anosmics.


5. Surviving Cancer

Yes, I survived. It can be treated. This is my story that will hopefully spread more awareness around the stigma cancer carries for ages.


‚Äč6. Living with Inner light

Many years ago, on a day in the month of January, a baby was born. Oh! What a joyful event it should have been for the family where a baby girl had arrived after two sons. But perhaps it was not to be as the doctors announced to the waiting family that the baby was born with everything except sight. Heartbroken, the mother went into sobs and said “how will this baby live, without being able to see this beautiful world.’ Next to her was her brave husband who replied, “she will live with the inner light” Today this baby is a professional and a family maker holding the position of a spokesperson of a well-known Organization, that's me who has always derived strength from my father a man who was till this last day positive and happy.


7. Living on the Roads

What is it like for a woman in India to hitchhike, live on the roads and choose a nomadic life for good!


8. Queer Gaze 

Working as an audio engineer in the entertainment industry that is heavily dominated by one gender comes with its own challenges, but these challenges are doubled when you are not only treated as "a woman" but also identify as a non-binary person. Here's my story of defying stereotypes and deconstructing gender through a queer gaze. 


Dates: March 27 and 28

Panel X (27 March)

3 pm to 3.40 pm Book 1 Smell blind
3.50 pm to 4.30 pm Book 2 Feminist in the house
4.40 pm to 5.20 pm Book 3 Living on the Roads
5.30 pm to 6.10 pm Book 4 Living with Inner light


Panel Y (28 March)

3 pm to 3.40 pm Book 5 The feminist side of Islam
3.50 pm to 4.30 pm Book 6 Kintsugi - the art of embracing damages and mending broken souls
4.40 pm to 5.20 pm Book 7 Surviving Cancer
5.30 pm to 6.10 pm Book 8 Queer Gaze 


1. The Reader must respect the Book, even if he/she does not share their opinions, beliefs or view of life. The Human Books event is based on mutual respect.

2. The Human Book may return to the library before the time limit has been reached if the Book feels hurt or mistreated.

3. The organizers have the right to remove the reader from the session if there is any disrespect shown towards the books.

4. Please do not use cell phones during your conversation session

5. The human books welcome your questions

6. The Reader is not allowed to ask the Human Book for personal contact information.

7. If you feel uncomfortable during a conversation with a human book, you can:

  • Steer the conversation back to a more comfortable discussion

  • Ask for assistance from staff

  • End the conversation & inform staff

  • Do not hesitate to ask the staff for assistance at any time

8. The Reader should return the Book in the same emotional and physical condition as it was taken out.

9. All requests for further contact should be through Pragyan



Tips for Readers

Readers have participated in the much-acclaimed Human Books events in various ways. They have done so to -

  • Step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves by talking to a human book whose experiences or beliefs are different from their own
  • Talk to a book that they can relate to
  • Out of curiosity
  • To step into someone else’s shoes
  • To learn more about a topic or the book’s experience

For any further queries, contact:

Karthik : +91 - 99620 17896

Goutham : +91- 80561 67057

Kishore:+91- 90032 02764

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