Delhi is generous with books as the Aviva Great Wall of Education at DLF Place, Saket, presented by Hindustan Times, continues to grow higher in the Capital. Friday was the second day, and it saw a huge turnout with over 36,700 books adding to the wall. The donated books will be given to Delhi’s street children.
Donation boxes have been placed across the city and to locate the nearest drop box, just SMS DONATEBOOK <PIN CODE> to 5676737) or log onto www.landmarkonthenet.com/great-wall-education to donate books online. There is also a Facebook and Twitter fan page with all the live updates, called educationisinsurance.
And the excitement is spreading fast. Manni Khullar, a resident of Saket, donated 30 books to the wall. “There is no substitute for books,” says Khullar. With 202 books, Shabnam Mehra is one of the leading book donors. School children from Ryan International, Vasant Kunj and Vidya Niketan School, Saket are supporting the cause too. Celebrities, too, added their bit as author Anuja Chauhan and singer Shibani Kashyap donated quite a few books. “It’s amazing to see a huge stack of books. I could see people donating generously not just textbooks, but a whole lot of other books too,” says Chauhan who contributed 10 books — a mix of textbooks and cartoon books for children of all age groups. Kashyap, who donated her favourite book, The Monk who sold his Ferrari, says, “Reading contributes a lot in the overall growth of a person.” The venue also saw a street play, Kitabein, by the Chaon Theatre Group.