In the words of an American novelist George R.R. Martin (GRRM), there is a famous saying “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
When was the last time you spent hours on reading a book putting aside your social tweeting habits? It could be difficult ask to a person for whom reading never goes beyond the syllabus. However, the cited quote probably best matches a reader who is quite fanatical about reading. The reason being, books are the cherished possession and the quietest companion of a reader. Be it any kind of books, reading not only gives us a pleasant company, but takes us to diverse knowledge as well, which can’t be extracted by others. With that note, Government of India is working on promoting the habit of reading books throughout the country. One such phenomenon step can be observed in the World Book Fair 2017, Delhi.
The organiser of the event National Book Trust India (NBTI) has come with flying colours to unveil the 44th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) at Pragati Maidan on January 7. The journey of this World Book Fair will be continued till 15th January. This year the theme is based upon ‘Manushi’, prioritizing the books written on women and by women. Though, the prime focus behind this event has always been to promote the rich Indian tradition by representing its diversified reading material to the global audience.
It is reported that over 1500 participants have already started thriving around 2,500 stalls by showcasing a good array of books from different genre and subjects. Apart from exhibiting books in Hindi, English and other regional languages, nearly 50 foreign exhibitors are also promoting their collections targeting the readers from all age groups. The key magnetism of World Book Fair 2017 was revealed on 10th January when various publishers from Germany, France and India had a healthy symposium on modern market scenarios, reading trends and collaborations.
India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is the Co-organizer of this nine-day mega event. According to the organiser, NDWBF is a global platform where the participants can promote a wide range of books, practice healthy trade and get into co-publication arrangements. Apart from buying books, a good numbers of footfalls are also being observed here who gathered for exploring some sensational music performances along with inspiring live talks from the desk of CEOs. Furthermore, the ‘Authors’ Corners’ has also been one of the key attention grabbers on this event.
Being the biggest book fairs of the Afro-Asian countries, every year the organiser attempts all possible effort to make this event a grand success. NDWBF 2017 is a combined initiative by the NBTI and ITPO under the Ministry of Commerce, Governemnt of India. Let’s take a look into the key attractions of this year’s World Book Fair:
Theme: Prioritizing the women power, this year the theme of the books fare is ‘Manushi’.
Guest of Honour Country: With a combined endeavour and support from the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Media Development Authority (MDA), Japan has been named as the Guest of Honour Country for 2017 World Book Fair. It will be a great exposure for Japanese authors, illustrators and publishers who work on books from different genre and for all age group.
Books: Since this event is specifically organised dedicating to books, so you can expect an array of books covering fiction, non-fiction, academic, poetry, cartoon, politics, commercials, journal and many more.
Participants: Around 1500 participants including several foreign participants are reported to be a part of NDWBF 2017. Some of the leading foreign participants in this list include China Universal Press & Publication Co. Ltd., Instituto Cervantes, Spain, The Japan Foundation, White Lotus Book Shop, Iran Cultural Fairs Institute (ICFI), Tehran etc.
Exhibitors (Overseas): Some of the key foreign exhibitors in NDWBF 2017 are Pan Macmillan India, Maitrey Publication, Esskay Enterprises and SAGE.
Number of Stalls: Near about 2,500.
Hall Numbers: There are plenty of halls with respective numbers where you can plunge into a wide range of books. These are hall number 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 24, 25, 29, 32, 33, 34. Please refer the following image representing the layout of various halls inside Pragati Maidan:
Source: India Tarde Promotion Organisation
New Delhi Rights Table: In order to participate here, participants has to reserve a table and they need to be from any Indian or foreign publishing industry. This is a platform where they can promote their books and discuss about co-publication with various experts from the same field. No registration fee is charged for foreign publishers. However, Indian publishers will be required to book the ‘Rights Table’ in return of certain charges.
The Author’s Corner: This is a prestigious podium shared by the participating authors to share their experience with the audience.
B2B CEO Talk: This is a global platform allowing only the invited experts from publishing industry to discuss about the prospect and intensification of book trade between countries.
Visitors can buy the World Book Fair tickets from the respective counters at Gate Number 1, 2, 5, 7 and 10 in Pragati Maidan. As compared to last year, this year visitors need to spend INR 10 more. The ticket fare for adult is INR 30 and on the other hand, for children the fare is INR 20. However, for students (in uniform) the entry is absolutely free.
Apart from the above mentioned counters, visitors can also purchase the World Book Fair tickets from some of the selected metro stations that are listed as follows:
|Yellow||Jahangirpuri, HUDA City Centre, Chandni Chowk, GTB Nagar, New Delhi, Rajiv Chowk, Hauz Khas, Central Secretariat, Saket, INA, MG Road, Vishwavidyalaya.|
|Blue||Janakpuri West, Dwarka More, Pragati Maidan, Kirti Nagar, Vaishali, NOIDA City Centre, Rajendra Place, Dwarka sector 21.|
|Red||Rithala, Dilshad Garden, Inderlok, Pitampura, Kashmere Gate, Rohini West, Netaji Subhash Place.|
|Green||Punjabi Bagh, Mundka, Paschim Vihar East, Ashok Park Main.|
|Violet||Escorts Mujesar, Nehru Place, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Badarpur, Bata Chowk, Old Faridabad.|
|Airport Line||IGI Airport metro station, Dhaula Kuan|
Note: Timings 11AM to 8PM and the entry closes at 7.30PM.
For Delhiites reaching NDWBF 2017 is quite convenient. There are various suitable commuting options that you can avail to reach Pragati Maidan. For metro commuters, the nearest metro station is Pragati Maidan Metro Station (please refer the metro route shown in the image below).
Source: Delhi metro
If you are planning to commute by bus, many busses are there that run under DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) bus service. Some of the buses that travel through Pragati Maidan are: bus number 323, 344, 355, 355L, 374, 393, 412, 44, 894A, 936, GL 32, MS, 425, 429 etc.
In addition, you can also reach the event venue by hiring an auto or you can also book a cab.
Some other routes to reach the venue are listed on the following table:
|DISTANCE TO PRAGATI MAIDAN||Approximate TIME TO REACH PRAGATI MAIDAN||
|New Delhi Railway Station||3.9 km||15 Minutes||via Barakhamba Rd and Bhagwan Das Road|
|Kashmiri Gate- ISBT||13 Km||20 Minutes|
|Agra||205.9 km||3 Hours||via Taj Express Highway/Yamuna Express Way|
|Jaipur||264.6 km||5 Hours||via NH8|
|Chandigarh||257.1 km||4 Hours 30 Minutes||via NH 1|
Keeping in mind the volume of footfalls and their basic amenities during this nine-day event, the organiser has come with the following facilities to cater:
- Demonetisation has been a recent jolt in India. In order to a trouble-free transaction, ATMs and ATM mobile vans will be there near Hall No.7 and Hall No.19 respectively.
- In order to response promptly against any emergency, arrangement of Ambulance Van is also being brought into practice Near Hall No.7.
- Wheelchairs will be available near Gate No.1 and Gate No.10. Therefore, people who are physically challenged can avail this facility at NDWBF.
- There will be Fire Tender Vans near Hall No.1.
- From Gate No.1, 7 and 10 visitors will get free shuttle vans.
- In case of urgency, you can step towards General Section of ITPO where you can avail the facility of MTNL Fixed Lines.
- Roving round the stalls will feel you starving. To meet your hunger, various food courts are also set up near Pragati Lounge and Hall No.7 and Hall Nos.14-18.
So, this weekend rush to Pragati Maidan and take home the creations of your favourite authors.