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Figuring out Delhi Book Fair

The Delhi Book Fair was for long considered a poor cousin to the Calcutta Book Fair. While the latter was where genuine booklovers landed up, Delhi book fair was regarded to more about glamour and pastime, where the chaat stalls had as much importance as those for books, and discussions on the Marxes or Marques was a strict no-no.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2004 12:05 IST
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The Delhi Book Fair was for long considered a poor cousin to the Calcutta Book Fair. While the latter was where genuine booklovers landed up, Delhi book fair was regarded to more about glamour and pastime, where the chaat stalls had as much importance as those for books, and discussions on the Marxes or Marques was a strict no-no.

Fortunately the pattern is changing. While both the number of participants and visitors have continued to grow, what is more remarkable is the place of importance the fair has come to occupy. Today it is regarded as one of the most crucial fairs in the world, right up with Frankfurt or London. Many deals are signed here, authors and agents have become commonplace, publishers are present in strength.

And yes, the chaat stalls have been joined Chinese and fast food joints. Whether they occupy their erstwhile position of primacy remains to be seen.

 Number

Year 

Area in  square metres

Participants

Number of visitors

 First 1972       7,780           200  200,000
 Second 1976        7,700           266   150,000
 Third       1978     12,000           554  250,000
 Fourth     1980     16,800           450  200,000
 Fifth     1982     21,000            540  225,000
 Sixth   1984      20,000           561  240,000
 Seventh 1985       20,000            600   250,000
 Eighth    1988      21,000           625   225,000
 Ninth    1990      22,000           625   225,000
 Tenth     1992     24,000           849    250,000
 Eleventh    1994     26,420            984  270,000
 Twelfth   1996     32,000              984  400,000
 Thirteenth     1998     21,600        1,036   225,000
 Fourteenth    2000     29,000         1,281  500,000
 Fifteenth     2002     25,000         1,065   450,000
 Sixteenth 2004     33,000        1,218