The Wonderland of World Book Fair, New Delhi
The Wonderland of World
Book Fair, New Delhi
family coming out of a fair with a bag full of not goodies, but books; students
and teachers standing in the billing queue with heaps of books in their arms;
a lone reader at a book stall completely absorbed in a book, withdrawn from the
hustle and bustle around; a bubbly group of college girls twittering about
the latest fictions; buses full of excited school children... Pragati Maidan
was buzzing with letters, emotions and knowledge this January.
Delhi World Book Fair is an annual event that all book lovers look forward to.
Publishers from India and abroad plan their presence and visibility there; and
authors, editors, readers, students, critics, booksellers and distributors – at
least from India make it a point to visit the fair.
too, the WBF bloomed with events, readers and book professionals. The dipping
mercury could not stop the visitors, nor could the ‘under construction’ Pragati
Maidan deter their spirit. However, due to the demolition and construction
going on right next to the venue, it did affect the stall sizes and to some
extent, the concurrent events.
TranslationPanacea is a service provider to publishers, the event was all the
more special for us. It is gives us great pride and a feeling of achievement to
see books translated by the TranslationPanacea team shining at the book stalls,
and to see them picked up by readers. This year, we were happy to see our books
on the shelves of 5 eminent publishers – Sage India, Yatra Books, Embassy
Books, Rajpal & Sons and Manjul. Next year, we hope to see our
translations showcased by three more publishers.