It was always our dream to have a book club in Margao. So when we finally moved to a new office space in the city that gave us enough room to host a book club meeting, we jumped at the opportunity. Two months into moving in, we had our first book club meeting on the 24th of March.
We had six people attending the first meeting and along with us made for a full house of 11. While we thought that the group should not be constrained with too many rules, we did put a framework in place:
a. Unlike most other book clubs, we decided not to insist on just one book being read for the meetings. Instead members could decide what they each wanted to read and come to the meeting prepared to discuss that book. We decided on this approach because it might not be feasible to find so many copies of the same book and because not everyone may feel inclined to read the same book.
b. However, based on one member’s suggestion, we thought we would all consider reading the same book twice a year i.e. once every six months, all members would discuss the same book at the meeting.
c. At the book club meeting, books alone would be discussed and every effort would be made to ensure that the discussions did not stray away from books
d. While discussing, members could speak about:
- The plot of the book (without giving too much away)
- The characters in the book
- A new author they had read or heard about
- Perhaps even discuss who would play the role of characters in the book if it were made into a movie.
- Other aspects that impacted the reader the most
We are excited about this book club and hope it will be a place where intellectually stimulating conversations take place. We are planning another book club for children. We will keep you posted on that one.
3 thoughts on “The Margao Book Club”
Dear Leonard, I congatulate you and your associates on your initiative to found a book club at Margao, the one-time cultural capital of Goa and now (if I may paraphrase Francisco Luis Gomes)its grave. I would have loved to be an active member but unfortunately my day job as a legal hack leaves me little energy and less time for more civilised pursuits. May the force be with you.
Saw your site on the web and waned to make contact. We are a reading group based in Kochi, Kerala. We maintain a blog of our activities at
Hope we can be inspired by you.
Great initiative. All by best wishes. I am from Dabolim and would love to join. However, will a completely nonfiction reader like me be able to add any value? I hope you have an opening for me.