Patience is an art form, and the masters of it are their own gods.
The second Saturday at Pragati Maidan tested the patience of many. From the longest queues, one has ever seen at Metro station entry points to maddening euphoria for celebrity writers, it was all a bit too much for the gentle creatures that are known in their family and friend-circles as ‘booklovers’. But as the saying goes, ‘for anything worth having one must pay the price’, people paid with their time and looked content with the deal.
Thrive in chaos
Objectively speaking, the whole World Book Fair is a colossus human behavioural experience where a number of challenges are thrown at the layman. The utter chaos of the fair also produces rewards, like the sweetest payoff at the end of a video game stage. Someone singing their folk song, suddenly coming across an old friend, or in the times of facebook meeting someone in person for the first time, these are all rewarding scenarios, but there is nothing like seeing someone completely immersed in their work. As you can see in the following picture, an artist working in the middle of the chaos on his creation based on this year’s theme i.e. Mahatma Gandhi.
Big names rein in on even bigger names
Speaking of Mahatma Gandhi, a number of sessions focused on the many aspects of his life and brought about many perspectives to the fore. The likes of Arundhati Roy posited many questions to the listeners and readers alike through their works.
As the book fair nears its end, the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi become more and more challenging to impliment. People like the act of listening and latching onto information, but like our primal ancestors, our hold too becomes compromised as our momentary curiosity satiates. In short, it is way easier to listen than to implement. But Gandhi also eulogized the virtue of faith, so I’ll try my best to stay upbeat and keep on putting my faith in the mankind.
Let’s see how it all ends!