A truck full of books is one way to travel, and it’s not a bad way either. Satabdi Mishra and Akshaya Rautaray have been on the road for the past 70 days, and their India tour, covering 20 States and approximately 10,000 km in 90 days, is winding up. Soon, they’ll be back at home in Orissa, where they own a small bookstore, and where this story began.
“We started the Walking Bookfairs in Semiliguda, a small town in Koraput district, Odisha. We started on foot. We’d just carry books in our bags and walk to villages and towns to people who didn’t have access to reading. We’d lay them out on the pavement, where people who might have felt intimidated about entering bookshops could take a look,” says Mishra.