A rather colder day in Hazy New Delhi sees a warmer crowd on the second day of the book fair.
The first Sunday of the World Book Fair saw a large influx of the people both from Delhi and outside. A great many people could be seen dragging their luggage behind while cutting through the crowd. Speaking of crowd, writers and poets like Ravish Kumar, Ashok Chakradhar amassed a great many in their respective sessions. People took turns to take selfies with famous personalities, and yes, TikTok, too, is a reality at the World Book Fair.
Translation cuts a sizable piece
National Book Trust, the organizer of the book fair have a vast and varied collection of writings in their kitty which they proudly showcase in a moving library as well as a huge stall. Majority of the books present at the NBT are rare and collectible. Many of them are translation works which make the NBT stall literally the most colorful and literary the most profound at the World Book Fair. Needless to say that NBT stalls pulled massive crowds where booklovers drooled over an amazing collection of books.
Children’s Literature is lit
The collection of books for children is so vast and beautiful that one just can’t resist picking up one and start reading and looking at the illustrations. Though the book fair has a dedicated pavilion for the Children’s Literature, it is the collection and largely the efforts of the likes of Ektara and Eklavya publications that makes one content of the future of children’s literature. And to top it all, many children could be seen reading under the watchful gaze of their parents. NBT too had an interesting array of children’s literature from all corners of India.
Impeccable presentations & more on Gandhi
This time of the year, the already impressive Pragati Maidan, becomes enchanting with all the pleasing paraphernlia and the energy of the booklovers. But this time the publishers have taken their game to a whole new high. The entire arena looks breathtaking and is bursting with aesthetically pleasing designs. Seems like the theme ‘Gandhi, the writers’ writer’ has taken over everyone and they are trying to outdo each other.
But the highest mantle would, undoubtedly, be reserved for Orient Blackswan as their stall not just looks stunning but feels right as well with the usage of Khadi in the banners and the inherent simplicity that the overall space espouses. More on this in a separate feature.
Who says things can’t be rediscovered over and over again. Celebrating 150th birth year of the father of the nation, the world book fair seems to have rekindled the spirit of Bapu while covering his fundamental teachings. The sheer volume of works on Gandhi is staggering. It would take days to get one his or her hands on each book on Gandhi at the book fair.
I guess, that’s why the New Delhi World Book Fair is a 9-day affair. You need time and energy to make the most of it. For me, the celebration of books is a pull strong enough to meander through the crowded lanes of the mammoth halls at Pragati Maidan. Two days have already flown past me, let’s see what awaits ahead.
Until next time!