The 25th to 27th March weekend saw an influx of book lovers into the North Campus as the area turned into a huge book mart offering a wide array of books at cheap rates.
Called the Delhi Weekend Book Bazaar, the fair was organized at the Faculty of Arts lawns by the National Book Trust (NBT), India’s largest government publishing houses. Dina Nath Malhotra, emeritus president of the Federation of Indian Publishers, inaugurated the bazaar on Friday, the 25th March.
This Bazaar consisted of books with themes ranging from art and culture to medicine and literature. The number of publishers complimented the multiplicity in the variety (being at least a 100!). The approximately 150 stalls were distinctly designed as if to showcase the link between the book culture and the popular culture. In addition to the new ones, archaic and rare books were also being offered at reasonable rates.
The Book Bazaar was on from 10 a.m to 9 p.m on all the three days with publishers for the first time being permitted to sell their books at maximum discounted prices. The initiative was a part of the centenary year celebration of Delhi becoming the capital city of Modern India. Since Delhi has had a rich culture of Sunday book markets in the past 50 years, the event clearly accentuated the historical tradition of the capital city. In fact, Daryaganj has been one of the largest book marts of the capital in the part offering books at easy-on-the-pocket prices. Only lately has the market cut down in size with rampant police raids.
The fair had an enriching Sham-E-Ghazal on the first day organized by the Delhi Academy and a poetry recitation by the Hindi academy on Saturday. The extravaganza was clearly an effort to re-create the past charm of ‘Dilli’ and its cultural heritage in the true essence.