With almost everything available online, a fair might sound less interesting. When it comes to book fair, not much people might be interested but the But the 20th edition of the World Book Fair inaugurated on Saturday has a different story to tell as thousands thronged the sprawling Pragati Maidan, the venue.
The fair has attracted some 1,300 exhibitors from 26 countries are participating in the nine-day-long festival. For this year, it will be more than just a book fair. the fair has much to do with Delhi, which turned 100 in December last year. A glimpse of 100 years of Delhi as the Capital of India has been displayed at a special pavilion in the fair.
The rich history of Delhi has been showcased in in pictures sourced from various libraries, including the British Library, by Roli Books, the organiser of the pavilion. The exhibits includes pictures of Lord King George V visiting Delhi for coronation in 1911, light locomotives that started here during the same period and the gates in the city are on display.
Pramod kapoor, publisher, Roli Books said, “Not everybody can afford expensive coffee-table books on the Capital. This pavilion gives Delhiites an opportunity to know the history of their city.“ The pavilion’s theme is based on two books published by Roli Books -`Red fort to Raisina Hills’ and `New Delhi: Making of a Capital’.
The fair will also include exhibits of more than 100 rare works, most of which have never been displayed in the country before. More than a dozen non-profit organisations, along with government-aided film organisations, universities and trade bodies, are supporting the event. Kapil Sibal, the Internet and technology, human resource and development minister will addressing the crowd said that “India is only country that publishes books in over 40 languages. Despite the growth of Internet and technology, books will not take a back seat, instead they compliment each other.”