With more energy and curiosity, kids, though unruly at times, make for the best kind of crowd.
The fourth day of the World Book Fair saw a surprising spike in the number of participants. Especially, the Hindi publishers saw a number of writers and their book launches attracting a lot of attention. People from all over India, specially the nearby states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar came in full force and heightened the energy levels of the fair.
All about kids
Kids seem to be having a ball at the World Book Fair this year. With a dedicated pavilion to their names, they have this kingdom for themselves where they meet their favourite cartoon characters, get a selfie clicked with funny mascots, read colourful books, and eat a lot of candy.
The Children’s Pavilion is divided into many segments. While traditional publishers like Harper, Mcmillan, Penguin have their stalls all decked with charming colors and wonderful books, the others like Grolier provided space for interaction with parents and kids. The large cutouts like the shown above in the picture coupled with the newest tech in education section made for a rather fun futuristic setting.
With multiple publications like Eklavya, Ektara and a few others doing groundbreaking stuff in the children’s literature, this deserves a seperate feature article.
As we come out of the children’s pavilion, the setting becomes rather drab with serious, older faces immersed in books and inanimate conversations. But there are more colours, and shiny stuff that keeps on surfacing here and there in the shape of paraphernalia and accessories. People seem to have a knack for things that don’t hold much inherent value but rather present a mosaic of sorts when clubbed with other things. Yes, I just defined ‘accessories’ there. But this is not a complaint but, in fact, a case for such things in life that are not be taken seriously and just enjoyed without much thought.
70 years of the Indian Constitution
Amidst all the fanfare at the World Book Fair, people celebrated the spirit of democracy and showed their commitment towards the Indian Constitution by signing on the commitment wall. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Indian Constitution, the goverment has put up a commitment wall for the people to show their support for the idea of democracy, the idea of India. Many people went down on their knees to pledge their support and siged the board.
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