September 30, 2015

I can help you find a lover

Today I found that I helped two people fall in love.

I had invited my friends to share their stories about travels and books. A local friend C was there with his girlfriend. When we paused for a break, C asked me if I recognized his companion. I turned to look at the girl and tried to place her. She giggled and reminded me about a book fair.

In 2013, I was at the Saigon book fair with C. Most of the books at this exhibition are in Vietnamese, but I still like to go as I can learn what topics people are interested in. We browsed past many publisher’s booths, finally arriving at a one that was selling ebooks. I wanted to learn more about local ebook industry while C wanted to explore the other booths.

The Ho Chi Minh Book Fair

There was an young girl in the booth demonstrating the ebook software. C left me with the girl, requesting her to show me how their publishing platform worked. The girl was confident with her English and gave a decent demo. I felt bad though, as I had not planning to buy anything. I thanked the girl and headed to other booths. I was feeling a bit tired, so a little later I message C that I am heading back to my home.

I remembered that C’s companion was the girl at the ebook stall. It seems after I left her booth, C came back to look for me. While waiting for me, they started chatting and ended up exchanging contacts. That chance encounter, because of me disappearing, lead to their romance. So next time you are looking for a lover, take me to a book fair.


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