World of Words – Celebrating Global Literature at the New Delhi World Book Fair 2023

"VAN" (Delhi Bureau - 03.03.2023) :: With literature from all across the globe, including France, Spain, Turkey, Iran, and from closer home, Nepal and Sri Lanka, more than 35 International publishers are participating in New Delhi World Book Fair 2023. Apart from this, a dedicated G20 Pavilion has also been set up to showcase books, art, culture and literature of the countries that are a part the G-20 forum. To take the fundamental facets of India’s G20 Presidency to the young readers, the Pavilion has a Sound Shower, which is an audio technology that provides a unique sensory experience. Srishty Sharma, a student from Kala Niketan International School, Delhi said, “I really enjoyed the sound shower. I got to learn that in G20, there are 19 countries and 1 territory and they all want to conserve resources for our future generations by working together.” Another attraction that has proved to be a big hit with fair goers is the Wall of History which has documented the G20 journey through the years.

Anastasia Strokina, popular author and storyteller from Russia took the students from - East Point School, Delhi and Rasta NGO - on a trip through the streets of St. Petersburg with her story ‘A Cat Named Nelson’ at the Children’s Pavilion. She advised the students to read as many books as possible as only stories can help build imagination. The day saw an eclectic mix of storytelling sessions, origami workshop and competitions at the Pavilion.

In the Prime Time Talk at the Theme Pavilion, Subedar Major Yogendra Yadav said, “Books are our one true friend and guides in life. One should read as much as true knowledge lies in being educated and empathetic.” Earlier in the day, a seminar and book launch event for Marathi titles ‘Vasudev Balwant Fadke’ by Madhavi Vaidh, ‘Anant Laxman Kanhare’ by Vinita Telang, and ‘Ganesh Vasudevmawalnkar’ by Vibhavari Bidave was organised.

Preeti Bharadwaj, an educator from Delhi World Public School, Noida Extension, who had brought the students to the fair on a school visit said, “Bringing kids to a book fair is important in every way. Children get excited looking at the colourful books of different publications and feel elated when they participate in the contests & competitions and win gifts and goodies. When the children were told about a visit to NDWBF, they got extremely thrilled.”

Over the coming days, visitors to the fair will get a chance to meet and listen to many bigwigs from the literary and entertainment sphere like Preeti Shenoy, Anand Neelakantan, Kumar Vishwas, Kabir Bedi, Johar Ali Khan and many more. A Yoga Workshop by Swami Satyadev from Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar will be organised on 4 March 2023 and is open for all. Stocked with general & trade titles, books on science & technology, social science, humanities in Hindi, English and other Indian languages, and children’s books, the two thousand odd stalls at the New Delhi World Book Fair are a haven for booklovers. Apart from this, the International Events Corner, Theme Pavilion, Authors’ Corner, Lekhak Manch and Seminar Hall are also hosting events, book launches, sessions and seminars throughout the duration of the fair.

The New Delhi World Book Fair 2023 is being organised by National Book Trust, India in collaboration with ITPO at Pragati Maidan from 25 February to 5 March 2023. Entry is free for school students in uniform, senior citizens and the differently-abled.


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