Feast awaits book lovers at World Book Fair


New Delhi : Book lovers from across India will get an opportunity to browse through millions of books and broaden their horizon of knowledge at the 18th New Delhi World Book Fair beginning Feb 2.

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Organised by National Book Trust (NBT), an autonomous organisation under the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, the nine-day knowledge extravaganza would be held at Pragati Maidan.

“The New Delhi World Book Fair is one of the best books shows across the globe. This year around, 1,300 publishers are taking part in the mega biannual event,” a senior NBT official said.

A total of 23 countries including Germany, Russia, Pakistan, Iran and Vietnam will participate in the 18th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair.

“The year 2008 has been declared as the ‘Year of Russia’ and Russia is the guest of honour in this edition of book fair. There will be separate panel discussions, literary programmes, and special activities related to Russia and its book culture,” the official added.

Authorities said in commemoration of 60 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s martyrdom, there would be an international rights exhibition on books written by Gandhi and books written on him.

There will also be a number of programmes dedicated to youth and children.

“The fair provides a wonderful opportunity for book lovers to buy books related to their interest and hobbies. It will offer an opportunity to meet their favourite authors as well,” the official added.

From business point of view, the fair will be a podium to exchange ideas and business networks for publishers and booksellers.

“I am sure, we will get a wide range of books from across the world to choose from. I want to purchase some good books by Tolstoy,” said Sabitri Das, a book lover in the capital.