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The Delhi Book Fair

The book lovers of Delhi are in a for a treat. The National Book Trust is organizing a nine day long book fair in the sprawling campus of Jamia Millia Islamia.   The festival that began on the 1st August was inaugurated by the V.C   Mushirul Hasan. The festival will close on the 10th of August.
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The Delhi Book Festival is organised   annually at different venues in the city to encourage and inculcate reading habits among Delhites.  Such book fairs give access to books and other reading material to youngsters. Also it’s important for places like universities and colleges to   have such events as they help in creating an   academic space that’s conducive to learning.

There are 56 Hindi and Urdu publishers participating in this festival. Also the festival has 29 English publication houses coming in. The festival is a good way to promote small time publishers. Publishers from different parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai and Hyderabad now have opportunities to showcase their publications. Also the 15% discount given on the books work as an added attraction for students.

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Joydeep, a student of M.A Journalism, blames his pocket for not being able to buy many good books.  But again book festivals like these helps us to get good bargains.

Asif, a student of Biotechnology at the University, however feels that organizers could have done a better job to publicize the event. He further added, “Collection of books too could have been better. But even then such festivals help us get good discounts.  They help our pockets.

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Well with the discounts helping in getting business, it’s apparent that book festivals help to promote the dwindling reading culture in the country.  We definitely need more of them in the future.

By: – Shariq Haider Naqvi

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~ by shariqnaqvi on August 8, 2009.

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