Many people across the world will always say that books are their best friends. And who doesn’t want to spend time at leisure with his/her best friend around them? New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) is one such place in India which can be called as a hub on the list of all true book-lovers. New Delhi World Book Fair is being held for the past 41 years, and is now a major calendar event in the publishing world. NDWBF 2016 is scheduled from January 9-17, 2016 at the centrally located Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
The Fair is organized by National Book Trust, India, an apex body of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The 24th edition of the fair was inaugurated by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani at Pragati Maidan on Saturday.
The theme for this year, ‘Vivid Bharat- Diverse India’ and the message of the fair is ‘Renaissance of Civilizations – Understanding through exchanges’.
The Guest of Honour Country is China and it is participating with 250 publishers.
The anxious wait of the book lovers was very much visible as around one lakh visitors were witnessed on the second day of the book fair.
More than 1,000 books in major Indian languages on philosophy, language and literature from ancient to contemporary times are available
30 countries including China, Egypt, Germany, Malaysia, Nepal, Poland, Pakistan, Serbia, Spain and international agencies like WHO, UNESCO among others are participating in the fair.
Series of programmes are also being organized including panel discussions, presentation of devotional songs, dramatic performances based on Indian classical texts.
This time, a mobile application has also been launched wherein the details of New Delhi World Book Fair have been made available by the organizing body.