“We must maintain the tradition of oral storytelling in the modern family system so that children remain connected to their roots and have equal command over their native tongue besides English and Hindi,” said Azhar Hajini, a Kashmir-based radio jockey. Hajini was reciting folklore of Kashmir to students of a Noida school on the fifth day of Noida-Greater Noida Book Fair on Friday.
Hajini was reciting stories from Kashmir to students of RK Public School at the fair that is being held at India Expo Centre .
“Oral stories are a great medium to instill cultural values in children. Stories can make them understand even complex issues in a light manner. The tales that I recited today have been carried forward in my family for generations,” said Hajini.
This is the first book fair organised in Greater Noida by National Book Trust. It will continue till Sunday evening. A total of 75 publishers have set up more than 85 stalls of books and stationery items.
Many publishers, however, found the response of visitors lukewarm.
“We understand that this is the first time such a fair has been organised in Greater Noida, but the response has not been very encouraging. We are expecting a bigger turnout over the weekend,” said Arvind, a representative for Swami Tat Baba books.
Friday saw bibliophiles showing special interest in spiritual books of Hinduism and Ahmediyya sect of Islam.
At the Ahmediyya stall, one could find translated versions of the Quran. As many as 80 books by the founder of Ahmediyya clan, Azhar Mirza, were there.
“We have Quran in Hindi, Telgu, Assamese, Tamil, Kannada, Malyalam and English. We also have books promoting peace and prosperity within the tenets of Islam,” said Toufiq, a representative of the Ahmediyya sect.
The Arya Samaj stall has books on vedas, upnishads, darshan and Ramayana.
“We have ‘Styrath Prakash’ in four languages along with vedas and upnishads. We also have books on freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and spiritual saints such as Vivekananda and Swami Dayanand Saraswati,” said Premshankar Arya, representative of the Arya Samaj book stall.
Many visitors showed interest spiritual books of various faiths.
“I believe that all major religions in the world show us the same path of unity, peace and prosperity. Therefore, I have decided to buy books on Islam as well as Hinduism to deepen my understanding of spiritualism,” said Vedika Sharma, a visitor