Asia’s biggest event of its kind, New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 opened today at Pragati Maidan in the heart of the national capital. The 28th edition of the event which started way back in 1972 was declared open by the Union HRD minister, Ramesh Pokhariyal ‘Nishank’ who promised all the support to the event and even went on to make his intentions of making the event the biggest in the world, clear.
Gandhi, the writers’ writer
Themed as such, going by the response from all, i.e. publishers, foreign dignitaries and participants, the relevance and reverberance of the ideas and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi seem to be in abundance in our times. An all-encompassing array of books on the theme, reading material and sessions in Indian languages as well as some foreign languages, a wide spectrum of programmes, conversations, events, special exhibitions around Bapu’s teachings and writings are part of the presentation, specially organised to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of the father of the nation.
More than 600 Indian and foreign publishers, from 23+ countries, are participating in the book fair. From the entire portions of the gigantic halls of Pragati Maidan dedicated to children’s literature to nation-specific stalls, the book fair espouses a huge number of books to sift through. While the stalls of the well-known publishing houses add to the already existing grandeur of the event, it is the independent and area-focused publications that ornate the event, making it ever so colourful.
Events and Special exhibitions are just amazing.
The real common pull for any book lover and a person looking to work his way through the publishing indusrty comes from the interactive programmes. Insightful speeches by experts, inspirational talks by senior publishers, astonishing brilliance of writers and the out-of-the-box approach of the thinkers make this event one of the bests in the world. Without much fanfare, these awesome little events take place all around the arena, in all the corners.
Following is an image from one such event where the famous writer, Asgar Wajahat interacts with the audience.
Lastly, the readers.
Like all the previous editions of the World Book Fair, this year too the participants have embraced it with an open heart. Almost all the stalls at the event looked occupied with people loaded with enthusiasm. Even the infamous Delhi winters don’t seem to have anything on people as they reach Pragati Maidan in large numbers. So, it’s needless to say that the coming days will see many book launches, keynote speeches and important discussions taking placing in front of a large audience. The place looks radient with the energy of book readers and the seekers alike.
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