Braving the cold, booklovers from all over the country made their way to the 26th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair, which kickstarted on 6th January, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. It was being organized by the National Book Trust, India along with ITPO. The theme has been centered around one of the most important issues that plagues the world today- “Environment and Climate Change”.
The rush from the metro station poured right into Pragati Maidan, as commuters stopped by to check out the 9-day extravaganza. With different halls to choose from, the fair could keep a bookworm busy for an entire day. Buses ferried people from one hall to another. The fair didn’t have as many stalls as it did in previous years, owing to construction. Nevertheless, it didn’t fail to attract crowds from all parts of the country.
EU was the guest of honour this year, and the European Union pavilion saw discussions on the environment, readings, workshops, and book launches. With miscellaneous titles to choose from and variety at their disposal, the place was everything booklovers could dream of. People could be seen browsing through their favorites, haggling for more and flipping through the titles, which were primarily in English and Hindi, along with other regional languages.
Shouts of “3 for 100!” compelled many to come racing. There were stalls by BookChor- who promoted the sale of used books in a bid to save the environment. Unique sections in the stall, like “A Blind Date With Books” also saw many takers.
The Author’s Corner was a cornucopia of enlightening and enriching talks, with an impressive line-up of writers like Ruskin Bond, Ravinder Singh, Devdutt Pattanaik and others, as the audience listened with rapt attention. Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh also made an appearance at the NDWBF.
Big names in the publishing industry like Penguin Random House India, Harper Collins, Oxford University Press, Hachette India, Bloomsbury, S Chand Publishers, Pan Macimillan India, APC Books,etc. were huge crowd pullers. There was also a stall by NBT itself, and a host of literary and cultural events and screenings of movies to keep the attendees entertained.
The roads between the halls were lined with vendors to relieve the attendees’ hunger and thirst. A Mobile Exhibition Van by the Govt of India was present, where people could peruse books at their leisure.
Children seemed to constitute a large portion of the crowd- a heartening sight since the book fair aims to promote the habit of reading among the young and old alike.
The book fair witnessed the participation of countries like Pakistan, China, Canada, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Egypt, etc. The book fair ended on 14th January, much to the disappointment of most- who left with a bag full of books, and memories.
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