Last year the National Book Trust of India organised The World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. As I am very fond of books, I with my friends decided to visit and watch this mega festival. The entry was free for the students. Hence, we went to the Book Fair on the very first day.
The book fair was indeed a spectacle to watch. There were posters everywhere “All for books and books for all.” Each hall was segmented into many stalls managed by the respective publishing houses.
There were local publishers, National publishers and International publishers with various kinds of books, Periodicals, Teaching Aids, audio-visual materials, etc. We were very happy on seeing that.
Books on wide range of disciplines were displayed in almost all stalls. But what attracted us most was the huge collection of dictionaries of various publications. They were arranged in a very attractive way. I purchased one dictionary along with many books on science and technology. I also bought a few books on literature.
The book fair attracted a large number of men and women and a much larger numbers of students. The stalls, which had displayed children’s books, were crowded with small children with their parents.
My friends also bought several books. As the clock struck eight, we returned back home with the bulk of books in our hands. On the way I remembered Francis Bacon’s words, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” I think I purchased only those books, which are to be chewed and digested. To add to this, all the books are of permanent value and therefore I was feeling satisfied.
I wish that such book fairs might be organised every year to stimulate the students to read more and more books.
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