A rainy morning makes for a mild Monday at Pragati Maidan.
It seems nothing can dampen the spirit of booklovers. The blue line of the Delhi Metro seemed as busy this morning as it normally does. Pragati Maidan looked all fresh, thanks to the morning showers. Another thing that keeps the book fair fresh is its worldy size. The enormity of the book fair can be assessed by the number of kilometers you walk there in a day but I’d rather let the following image do the talking.
And mind you, this just captures the one-fourth of the entire list for just one hall (It stretches to infinity on the right). You would lose count of the people you would need to count the number of participants on their fingers.
Speaking of fingers, the second-hand book market is pure rage.
Readers, or more appropriately hoarders seemed to be having a field day. From picking apart the piles of great many books to come out with more than one person can carry, this is the story of a second-hand bookstall. The screaming and shouting part adds much-needed spice to the curry. The curry that is pure Indian in its treatment.
These mounds of books often surprise you with an odd book that you were looking for many many years but couldn’t get your hands on because of either unavailability or too high a price. Second-hand bookstalls are like noisy, overenthusiastic cousins at an Indian wedding. They may create a ruckus, but a necessary one at that.
Speaking of necessities, refreshments are just as colourful as bookstalls at Pragati Maidan. Kids accompanied by their parents and grandparents seemed to be experiencing a rather horizontal gravitational pull towards food courts and sandwich stalls.
Of Charkha, Spectacles and a Walking Stick
This year’s edition of the World Book Fair seems to have encompassed the spirit of Bapu completely. There is so much serenity in the premises. Maybe it’s the calming effect of Bapu’s favourite Bhajan that plays in and around the halls of Pragati Maidan. Or maybe his teachings are simply having a subconscious effect on the people. Which only goes on to say that not only Gandhi is necessary but also timeless.
Rare documentary footage, invaluable artifacts related to Bapu’s life; books of him, books on him, books by him, and lastly books on his books make for a wide variety of material. Also, panel discussions of varying lengths and degree mark for another successful day the World Book Fair.
In the hope of meeting and enjoying another day the New Delhi World Book Fair. Until next time!