I always thought of Delhi as comprising of a tech-savvy population, who loves gadgets more avidly than books. But my perception changed considerably, when I stepped in the World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi which is on air from 8th to 14th of January 2018.
Hoards of people (not just Indian nationals, but foreigners too) huddled in large numbers around the book stalls for grabbing their favourite books. Innumerable genres of books from various Indian as well as international authors were piled up neatly in stacks; and available in prices that suited all pockets, starting from an astonishing Rs.50.
Quite a pleasant surprise it was to see people from all age groups, say; young ones to adolescents to the elderly- looking around to find the books of their tastes. Long queues adorned the billing counters at each stall. Many book-nerds were seen carrying a stack of about 9-10 books, sporting a wide grin on having found all the books and novels that they long wished to get hold of.
I was pretty amused to see a young witty lady carrying a trolley bag, to accommodate the bundles of books that she bought!
But the show-stealers were the varied stalls that showcased colourful books from several corners of the country. They held with charming pride, the heritage and legacy brought from their respective states. Some of the stalls were relatively less crowded than others, but none was without a fair number of readers.
After having shopped all the fiction and non-fiction and more, Delhi didn’t send off it’s ‘Atithis’ with an empty stomach. To cater to the hunger needs of the bookaholics, there stood a good number of food stalls serving mouth-watering delicacies. And mind you; this included not just our chatpata street food but also the much loved Cafè Coffee Day, Dominos among many others.
And with the metro station just a few minutes away, our desi and videshi book-lovers all went with full bags, full stomachs and full hearts (but nevertheless empty pockets!).
Well, thanks for a lovely treat dear World Book Fair. Hope the remaining two days host many more book-lovers!
About the Author:
Rashmi Chakravarty (LSR, Delhi)
I’m Rashmi Chakravarty, first year undergraduate student in English honours from Lady Shri Ram College For Women, New Delhi. I’m a blogger and writer at medium. My main motive is to raise bring forth the issues stagnating our society and get raise awareness about the same!