Epeolatry Book Club – A Report

“Be as careful about the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter”, said the English author Paxton Hood and what way to solidify that belief better than a book club.

DJ Lit’s very own book club, aptly christened Epeolatry, meaning the worship of words, recently kicked off its book discussion sessions at 3 pm on the 24th of May with felicitous participation from the college students. The book for this first discussion was Pulitzer Prize winner, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. A classic tale about racism, oppression, and family, this book discussion was a great success. The club members discussed the character themes, the subplots as well as the different situations that they found especially intriguing, with the hosts Soham Shah, Sharmi Majumdar, Aarya Bagde, and Adrika Singh moderating the discussion.

With the success of the first meeting, the club members then decided on the next book and the hosts for the same. The book decided upon was the 1986 novel by Winston Groom: Forrest Gump. The inspiration for the legendary movie starring Tom Hanks, the book did not fail to attract avid readers to participate in the book club and partake in the humor the book offers. This discussion, led by our chairperson Aditi Chavan along with Rajvi Mandavia, Srushti Jain, and Parth Thakkar, involved conversing about the characters, the amusing circumstances present in the book and predominantly comparing the book to the movie. This further led to a great discussion about the different protagonists present in the book and the disparity present between the movie and the book.

These discussions then bring us to the most recent Epeolatry discussion that took place on the 18th of June at 5 pm. The book conversed upon this time was ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by JD Salinger. The controversial book, known for its portrayal of teenage angst, alienation, and as being a critique on the superficiality present in society proved to be a great topic for debate. The discussion moderated by the LIT members Shlok Sampat and Nupur Doshi was an intense and dynamic one, with participants from different colleges sharing their views on the book. All in all, this session was a great success.

Lastly, they say that we lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too; DJ LIT’s Epeolatry has shown us that along with finding ourselves books can also lead us to like-minded book lovers. The next book session is centered around Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki by the legendary Haruki Murakami and will be hosted by Rut Vyas and Srushti Jain on July 12. Full of new learnings this book will educate the club members further about different realms of life.