The Penultimate Day of New Delhi World Book Fair 2023 Witnesses Book Lovers Queueing up to get into Bookstalls

"VAN" (Delhi Bureau - 05.03.2023) :: Packed with a line-up of author sessions, book launches, workshops and seminars, and an evening of cultural performances, the New Delhi World Book Fair 2023 has been seeing an overwhelming response from book lovers. The second-last day saw visitors queuing up to gain entry into the fair grounds and even line-up outside stalls to get their hands on their favourite books. More than 1.75 lakh people visited their favourite book fair on Saturday.

With just one more day of the book fair remaining, visitors were eager to stock up on their reading material for the year. Nupur, a regular to the fair since 2015 said, “I was eagerly waiting for this book fair as it is the perfect place to browse and purchase book on great price.” Mayan, a young reader was in awe of the number of books available and the wonderful experience of the book fair with its decked up halls and children’s activities.

The day started with events in Children’s Pavilion where in the session ‘How to Find Ideas and Make Them Work,’ Nandini Nayar, a children’s author, encouraged budding authors to start writing from a young age and said, "Inspiration can come from the most unexpected sources, and it's important to be open to new ideas. With a little bit of creativity and imagination, anything can become a great story.” The Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust organised a yoga workshop to make people aware about the significance of yoga and its benefits. An informative story writing workshop was also conducted by Goldie Kasturia where she delivered insightful and practical tips to construct a story, primarily focusing on the art of storytelling and how to create compelling characters and plots that capture the reader's attention.

The day saw over tens of book launches and discussion, including launch of ‘Bharat Ki Vaccine Viaks-Gatha,’ by Sajjan Singh Yadav, ‘Shramatan: A Memoir’ by BN Joshi, ‘A river of Moksha: Pilgrimages along the Ganga’ by Swami Kailashnand Giri and discussions on 'Pure Evil: The Bad Men of Bollywood’ by Balaji Vittal and ‘Chandausi Junction’ by Prof Shankar Sahay among others. The new edition of Kumar Vishwas's book "Koi Deewana Kehta Hai" was also released in the presence of the poet who also recited his poems leaving the audience enthralled. Books developed on India’s Covid-19 Vaccination Drive by NBT-India in collaboration with SARD in Hindi, English and Punjabi for age groups 12-14 yrs, 15-18 yrs and for different social groups in the community were also launched.

At the Amphitheatre, Rekhta Foundation hosted seven young poets to showcased their skills as they recited their poems showcasing the versatility of Urdu language and culture.

Earlier in the day, Anand Neelkantan, Author, Screenwriter, and Public Speaker known for writing mythological fictions, during his Prime Time Talk at the Theme Pavilion advised young authors to not fall into the trap of following trends and to write on things they are passionate about.

The book fair closes on 5 March 2023 (Sunday) after 9-days of books, author meets, book launches, activities - all in all an experience worth a visit. The last day of the fair is expected to see a huge footfall of book lovers, as more literary discussions, cultural events and various activities are lined up for the day.


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