Hundred years of Delhi as India’s capital, and hundreds of books for book lovers in the city. It’s time for double celebrations. The National Book Trust (NBT) has planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Delhi as India’s capital, by holding weekend book bazaars in different areas of the city.
“The first book bazaar will take place from March 24-27. The first one will be in north Delhi. The venue is yet to be decided. We plan to have such a book bazaar four times a year, in every zone of the city,” says Farida Naik, Joint Director, NBT.
While the Sunday book bazaar in Daryaganj has become an institution as it continues to feeding the city’s literary appetite, this weekend book bazaar will have something extra to offer. “Apart from books, there will be an authors’ meet, events for children and more. Since this one is for the centenary celebrations of Delhi as the National capital, it is themed around this city. The books will focus on Delhi, and at the authors meet; they will discuss topics such as the city through their eyes. We also plan to invite artists to the bazaar,” says Naik.
Of course, there’ll be plenty of titles to choose from. Apart from freshly published books, the organisers are also looking for options for the sale of second hand books.
Prashansa Taneja, a blogger who writes a blog called Tea, Cakes and Books, says, “I think it will be a great exposure for Delhi-ites. While Jaipur has a literary festival, there is not much happening in Delhi for the public, and this is a great start. The good thing about this is that anybody can come here. Delhi is a great city with a rich culture and heritage, and this is the perfect way to celebrate its 100 years as the National Capital.”