The World Book Fair- Everything You Need to Know!
If you are one of those people who live multiple lives at once, never go to sleep alone because you have a book by your side, fall in love with fictional characters more often than you do with human beings, you are at the right place! I am going to tell you about the Heaven of book lovers where you might feel like a rabbit that has been left in a garden of carrots!
The World Book Fair is held every year in New Delhi. If you are a Delhite or have been living in the city, you would have definitely heard of it. And if you happen to be a book lover, you definitely have made plans to visit there. The plan that was cancelled last year because your friend backed out at the last moment can be executed this year. But before you give this paradise a visit, do your homework and know everything about it.
The World Book Fair is being organized in India since the last 41 years. Organized by the National Book trust in association with the India Trade Promotion organization, it is a host to around a thousand exhibitors every year and attracts crowd from every nook and corner of the city. The fair is held mostly in the winter season around the month of February.
Credits- New Delhi World Book Fair
The World Book Fair is hosted at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi every year. Getting to the venue is easy, thanks to the Delhi metro. You can get off at the Pragati Maidan metro station which lies on the Blue Line of the Delhi metro and walk to the book fair. To add to your convenience, even tickets to the fair are available at the metro station!
If you are a crazy book lover and are going to spend hours inside, you would better carry a water bottle with you and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Not that rain or storm or heat could stop a bibliophile from getting there, the fact that it is held in winters is a blessing because you can get your high by sniffing the pages of books (Guilty, as charged!) for as long as you want without getting annoyed by the heat or the humidity.
If you happen to start feeling hungry, the venue has its own food court and offers a variety of food to choose from. A lot of street food vendors can be spotted outside it, too.
So now that you know what all to take care of, let me take you through the experience of visiting the fair, in words, before you do it in person. The book fair has exhibitors that sell books on discounts and with different offers. No matter what genre you read or what kind of books you like, you will find anything and everything there! From first hand copies to second hand ones, from fiction to non-fiction, from soft cover to hard cover, from school/college textbooks to coffee table books, from children’s coloring books to erotic, suspense, and thrillers, the book fair has everything under one roof! If you don’t want to spend all your pocket money on books, all you’ve got to do is be a little patient and wait until February!
Walking through the fair from one stall to the other, you might lose your way. So the suggestion would be to start from one end and finish at the other, making sure you cover every stall. Also, if you don’t want to come back home and cry because you spent all your money on books, carry a list of exactly what you want to buy from the fair and stick to it even when the bibliophile inside you forces you to give into the temptation of buying more books.
So whether it is Mr. Grey you are looking for, or some inspiration from Robin Sharma, or even a lesson on Physics, The World Book Fair is your place to be!