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The New Delhi World Book Fair 2018: A Book Lover’s Delight

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Books are my first love. I’ve been devouring books since the age of 7. As an overweight and acned teenager, I was most uncomfortable around people. Books offered solace, and a much needed escape from reality. However, with the passage of time and an increase in adult responsibilities, reading took a backseat. This year, I’ve decided to get back on my reading game by signing up for the Goodreads Challenge. I’ve chosen to read 20 books this year.

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To build my arsenal of books for the year, I visited the New Delhi World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Buying books has always been a real treat. As a child I didn’t have access to much money. My grandparents enabled my love for reading by buying me books at every possible occasion. I remember visiting the Book Fair with my school and carefully spending the few hundred rupees my parents gave me for the occasion. Now it seems a fantastic luxury being able to buy as many books as I want!

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A good book can have you lost for hours on end

The World Book Fair has been held at Pragati Maidan for around 45 years. It’s a major event in the publishing world, putting big and small industry players on the same platform. It’s also a fantastic way to promote upcoming books, sign co-publishing agreements and trade with international publishing houses. Above all, it’s the best way for readers to browse through thousands of titles under one roof.

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Books, books and more books!

Organised by National Book Trust, India in collaboration with the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO); the event attracts major international participation. This year, it was spread across halls 7-12, in the midst of major construction and located quite far from the two entry gates. Shuttle services were available but there were long lines for these.

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International participation

I went on Monday afternoon, which was perhaps the least crowded time to visit. The Book Fair has always been a popular choice for family outings, as well as school trips; so tends to get crowded. Major publishing houses like Penguin, Harper Collins, Hachette, Roli Books and Bloomsbury were definitely more crowded than other stalls.

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There were many big publishing houses

The major problem was the lack of clear signage pointing to the halls. I ventured into Hall no. 7, the children’s area, and took many circles before I finally found Hall no. 11 with the big publishers. All stalls offered at least a 20% discount off the original price, making it ideal for stocking up.

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Dedicated children’s area

There was an entire section dedicated to foreign publications, which were beautiful but quite pricey. There were also many seminars and activities; and a tent for children’s entertainment. Food and beverage areas were spaced out across the area, but it’s difficult to find a spot to sit in the melee. Despite the infrastructural difficulties, all book lovers will definitely be satisfied!

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Examining my entire loot in the food court area

These are the books I bought this time. Can’t wait to read them!

51LyeO7Bt6L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ Click here to buy

51nR0mMtvqL._SX360_BO1,204,203,200_Click here to buy

51kh1S2OMbL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Click here to buy

41oUe7dmXNL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Click here to buy

51Z2Khmd+YL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Click here to buy

51OhPMDslCL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_Click here to buy

51sGMKAI78L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ Click here to buy

51rM48hazUL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_ Click here to buy

51YbZKPLr+L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_ Click here to buy

All book cover pictures courtesy: http://www.amazon.in

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Ticket price: INR 30 for adults

                         INR 20 for children up to 12

Entry and ticket purchase: Gate nos. 1 and 10; online tickets click here

Discount: 20% off original price in all stalls

Timings: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Days: 6th January to 14th January 2018

Event rating: 4/5

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