As Delhi experienced its first winter rain this morning, bibliophiles pulled out their warm jackets and left to be part of Delhi’s biggest event, World Book Fair.
The fair started experiencing huge rush as soon as it began yesterday morning at 11 am.
The 25th edition of the NBT book fair was inaugurated by Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development.
Odia Author and Jnanpith Awardee, Pratibha Ray was the guest of honour. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to India was the special guest.
The theme of the fair is ‘Manushi’ and focuses on the writings by and on women. The fair is exhibiting all the women writings from the ancient times till date. It is a golden opportunity for those who wish to read such writings.
Every year, the fair exhibits a wide variety of books from different genres, all under one roof.
“I love fiction and I always come for the book fair because I get to select from a wide variety of books”, said a visitor.
“There is nothing like a fair like this one. Books everywhere. Perfect for bibliophiles like me”, said another visitor to the fair.
“More than 2,500 stalls will showcase books and reading material in Hindi, English and other Indian languages for all age groups, on a wide range of subjects and genre”, said organiser, National Book Trust (NBT).
The National Book Trust is also celebrating 60 years of its foundation at the 25th edition of the fair.
The children pavilion is a major attraction of the fair because of those exciting activities, seminars and discussions. Visitors can also be part of workshops on creative writing.
The foreign pavilion has around 50 participants from different countries like China, Japan, France and Iran.
You can be a part of author interactions, seminars and book releases at the fair.
The event is also promoting Indian heritage through dance and music performances. With around 1500 participants from Indian and abroad, the event is attracting a number of visitors.
The World Book Fair will run till January 15. Tickets are available at Pragiti Maidan counters and Metro Station. Ticket prices for the fair are:
Adults: INR 30
Children Below 12: INR 20
Chilly winters, some good books and a cup of hot coffee, the perfect combo.
Bookworms, Are you reading?