Rain, rain, go away! Let the booklovers have their sway.
The fifth day of the book fair started on a rather foggy note. The drizzle of the previous days seemed to have precipitated finally. People walked briskly to get some cover and jostled, in a rather gentle way, to enter the large Pragati Maidan halls. And as the following poster suggests, walking is indeed good for health as it warms you down and makes you forget the weather conditions. Not that, book lovers need any other reason though.
Regional literature and book launches
All about these two. Per stall, as many as 15 book lunches took place today, alongside the lectures and discussions. Writes and thinkers appeared in multiple book launches and delivered speeches on a variety of topics, ranging from ‘what it takes to translate a regional language work‘ to ‘how to edit someone else’s memoir‘.
Many highly celebrated authors took charge at the mic and enamoured the public with their wit and humour. There was an audience for everyone at the book fair, be it for a debut writer or a veteran with his 150th book. Also, no matter the age, getting your copy signed by your favourite author makes your inner child jump out with joy, as the following picture shows.
The Art Therapy
Writing is an art form. But building upon it by layering someone’s work with your own creativity is a whole different ball game. Visual artists like Shiraz Husain of Khwaab Tanha Collective are catching the eyes of the onlookers who often stop in their tracks to pick these beautiful posters, postcards, diaries and other stuff.
The Indo-China Connection
The foreign pavilion at the world book fair feels a little smaller this year in comparison to what we saw last year. And there seems to be no ‘designated guest nation’ this year. But unofficial this may be, the nation in focus looks to be China. A wonderful stall inside the foreign pavilion in addition to an impressive photo exhibition, right in the middle of the bustling book fair, marking the age-old relations between the two civilizational states, makes for an eye-pleasing and informative setting.
Despite the bad weather, the day turned out to be quite eventful. And as you can make out from my happy face, I thoughroly enjoyed it. Maybe sharing an enormous space with countless book lovers does that to you.
Until next time!