Very often, chance conversations can lead up to meaningful ones that, in turn, lead to new connections and, in the end, a new project – sometimes all very suddenly.
Bookaroo’s first edition in Vadodara was a result of two conversations - first with IGNCA and then Alembic City. Bookaroo’s association with IGNCA goes back to 2010 and our meetings are usually to chalk out plans for the Delhi edition. Late last year, in the annual meeting, it emerged that Vadodara had just become one of IGNCA’s six new regional centres. One idea led to another and it was decided that Bookaroo must have an edition in Vadodara. IGNCA Vadodara joined hands in this collaborative effort to take the festival to the city, thanks to the member secretary Dr Sachidanand Joshi’s encouragement and support.
The second conversation happened on email just three days before we left for Vadodara to conduct a recce for venues in the city. An exploratory mail that wanted to know if we would be interested to have a Bookaroo editon in Vadodara. It was from Krupa Amin, founder of the Art Studio, Space, in Alembic City - Arts District and asked us to take a look at the space.
Fortunately, the recce did not turn a long haul as it usually is. We immediately fell in love with the beautiful Space Studio set in the magnificent Alembic City. It was just the sort of place Bookaroo would have loved to kick off a new journey. And here we are - all set for November 9th and 10th thanks to these two organisations.