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'Book' your day at World Book Fair

books Updated: Feb 28, 2012 08:21 IST

Chirag Mohanty Samal, Hindustan Times
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The World Book Fair this year is bigger and better. However, the myriad stalls and the numerous books might make it a herculean task for you to pack it all in one day. So, to make your stint at the fair worthwhile and hassle-free we have drawn up a list of stalls and pavilions that are not to be missed. Read on to find out more.

Penguin India

Penguin India is celebrating its 25th year of inception, and to mark this, it has re-launched 25 popular titles published over the last 25 years, in the classic Penguin paperback. The titles range from RK Narayan’s The Guide, to Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and Shobhaa De’s Starry Nights. Also, check out the quirky merchandise on the offer, including mugs, notebooks, bags, and luggage tags. A must dekko is their series of compact and easy-to-read books from the collection, Metro Reads that has been conceptualised keeping young metro commuters in mind. While at the stall, don’t forget to take a look at their silver jubilee mascot — a classic ambassador car titled the Penguin car.


If you are always on the move and don’t have time to flip through the pages of a novel, then visit Reado that have some audio books in store. The titles include Immortals of Meluha, The Dork, and The Sherlock Holmes series. Visitors can use the iPad and hear excerpts and short stories from books at this stall.

Oxford university press

The Oxford University Press completes 100 years of its existence in India. To mark this, they have come up with revamped versions of their old titles that are worth a place in the collector’s repertoire. However, a big attraction here is the series of introductory books on various topics ranging from witchcraft, fashion, journalism to post colonialism. Reasonably priced between R165 to 200, they give a understanding of the topics in a simplified manner.

The foreign pavilion

On display are interesting books from all over the

globe, but the stall of Japan Foundation deserves a special mention. Do take a look at their Manga collection. Since the theme is ‘Passage to the next generation’, English editions of around 500 Manga books, with 42 titles are on display. The collection is mostly targeted at the youth. No books are available for sale at the stall. You can only order them online from their website, or borrow books from Japan Foundation’s Library.

Rupa Publications

To mark the the 150th birth centenary of renowned poet Rabindranath Tagore, Rupa Publications has come up with a special section that’s dedicated to the bard and his illustrious works. Here, you’ll find all his famous plays, poems and novels including Gora, Chokher Bali, and The Wreck. Priced R60 onwards, these small paperbacks make for an interesting read.

Harper Collins

Apart from offering a  wide range of books from different genres, this stall also has some interesting activities for you. One such activity is the ‘Harper Collins Tweet a story’. To take part, post a 40-word story on the publisher’s India Twitter account, as the best ones will be made part of a small book. When at the stall, you can also check your weight on their Confessions of a Serial Dieter Weighing scale.

Om books international

Are you a film buff? If yes, then walk into this stall. Their repertoire comprises a wide range of books on Indian cinema, making of films, and biography of actors. Not just that, the top 25 bestsellers picked from their stalls all over the country, are being given away at a special price of R100 at the fair. So, grab as many as you can.

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