Sohel F Fidai…
Being an actress, a voracious reader and a best-selling author, Sonali Bendre Behl dons many hats as she completes one year of successfully running her digital book club.
A year ago, the gorgeous actress decided to give social media a chance for the love of reading and created ‘Sonali’s Book Club’ as an effort to resuscitate her reading habit. Not surprisingly, the idea worked!
The book club that shares its anniversary with World Storytelling Day, turned reading into an in-thing as it steadily amassed followers.
The online community brought books, writers and readers together and gave them a platform to have discussion. A bookworm herself, Sonali made it her mission to make the club a go-to portal for aspiring writers and avid readers.
Through her book club, the actress-turned best-selling writer organized masterclasses, in-conversations on reading trends and arranged giveaways to popularize reading and bring Indian authors to interact with the urban millennial generation.
*Anand Neelakantan, Amish Tripathi, Ravi Subramanium, Rashmi Bansal, Preeti Shenoy and Zuni Chopra* are some of the writers that Sonali roped in to share writing tips, provide advice on publishing and discuss reading lists with the followers of the club.
The forum also had live sessions that made it possible for readers to connect with Sonali and writers real time through question-answer segments.
*Says Sonali, “I am so happy that the book club has grown at such a pace in a year’s time. I have definitely become a better reader with it. If the club has helped readers and writers find a common ground, my job is done.”*
It is learnt that on the occasion of the book club’s first anniversary, Sonali will be packing a surprise for its followers and will be announcing it soon.