Following the fourth Delhi LitFest held earlier this month, The National Book Trust of India brings another literary delight to the book lovers of the city: the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) 2016.
Currently in its 43rd year NDWBF 2016 is scheduled from 9 to 17 January 2016 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Being a major event in book publishing in South Asia, it attracts participation from numerous big and small publishing houses from across the country and around the globe. With an aim to promote literary and cultural ties between India and China, ‘the Guest of Honour country’ at NDWBF 2016, and also facilitate people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, the fair has plenty to offer bibliophiles and bookworms but also casual-seasonal-occasional readers alike.
The nine day literary carnival apart from offering volumes of books on various genres and from different countries has mesmerized visitors with a wide range of cultural performances and talks. Some major publishing houses like Penguin and NBT are also offering 10-20% discounts on books.
While there, don’t forget to visit Hall no. 8,9,10 and 11, housing some big names in the publishing industry like Penguin, NBT, Tata McGraw Hill and MacMillan. Our very own JNU publications can be spotted at stall number 15-16 in Hall no. 18.
Here are a few tips for those planning to visit the fair; tickets can be availed from the metro stations easily besides the entry gates at Pragati Maidan. And don’t forget to get down at Pragati Maidan metro station which is on the blue line from the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station wink emoticon. Finally, while the fair timings are from 11 am to 8 pm, try and reach early to avoid the rush, or at least few hours before the closing time, so that you have enough time to leisurely browse through your favourite reads.
And of course there are buses plying at regular intervals from JNU’s Library canteen to Pragati Maidan and back from 10th -16th January, thrice a day. The bus for Pragati Maidan leaves at 9:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.
P.S: Carry a big backpack, you’ll definitely need one!
Abhishek is a student of CFFS, reporting on behalf of The Informer.
Categories: Arts and culture