A lack of information that leads to a fear of the "other" or the "unknown" is responsible for the prejudice, discrimination, and bias we evidence for people on dimensions such as sexuality, gender, religion, race, ability. We, at Belongg, believe that good writing and books can play a very important role in helping people understand "the other" and bring down discrimination and prejudice. Consequently, we run two different but related initiatives to promote the reading of books focused on different aspects of diversity and inclusion.
Belongg has partnered with select bookstores in Delhi and has created curated collections of books focused on diversity and inclusion. Customers at these bookstores can get additional discounts as well as invitations to Belongg events upon the purchase of these books. Currently, we are active in the Midland Bookstore at the Aurobindo Market in South Delhi. Please do ask for the Belongg Book Club section if you visit.
The Belongg Library brings a carefully curated collection of fiction and non-fiction books focused on the themes of feminism, gender & sexuality, LGBT issues, Dalit & caste issues, race, immigration, religious minorities, ethnicity, ability and disability, identity and bias linked to identity. The collection can be seen here: http://belongg.libib.com and we are currently inviting memberships in Delhi. Membership is free and readers only pay nominal delivery charges.
You can signup here: https://thebelongglibrary.paperform.co and request books by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Presently, we will be delivering books to the following areas: Panchsheel Park, Panchsheel Enclave, Soami Nagar, Hauz Khas, Hauz Khas Enclave, IIT Delhi, SDA, Safdarjung, Green Park, Green Park Extension, Deer Park, Saket, Malviya Nagar, Sarvapriya Vihar, GK-1, GK-2, Nehru Place, Asiad Village, Neeti Bagh, Anand Lok, Vasant Vihar, Vasant Kunj In case you reside beyond these areas, you are welcome to visit our offices and pick up your book of choice for no charge. Let us know if we should be adding your area to this. More details are part of the registration email you will receive upon joining.