September 30, 2015

I can help you find a lover

Today I realized that I was responsible for two people falling in love. I had invited my friends to share their stories about travels and books. A local friend Cong was there with his girlfriend. When we paused for a break. Cong 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 went to the Saigon book fair with a local friend Cong. Most of the books at this exhibition are in Vietnamese language books but I still like to go as I can learn about what topics people are interested in. We browsed past many publisher’s stall, finally reaching a stall that was selling ebooks. I was curious about the ebook industry while Cong wanted to explore more stalls.

The Ho Chi Minh Book Fair

There was young girl there demonstrating the ebook software. Cong 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 was not planning to buy anything. I thanked the girl and excused myself and went in another direction. I was feeling a bit tired so sometime later I message Cong that I am heading back.

I remembered that she was the girl at the ebook stall. It seems after I left her demo, Cong came back to her stall to look for me. While waiting for me, they had started chatting and ended up exchanging contacts. That chance encounter, because of me acting random, lead to their relationship. So next time you are looking for a lover, take me to a book fair.

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