The specially-designed theme pavilion based on Vanaspatey Shanti (वनस्पतयः शांतिः), a hymn from the Yajurveda is attracting book lovers at the New Delhi World Book Fair. Eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, cane, jute, pallet, MDF board, papier mache and eco-friendly colors have been used to decorate the pavilion. On the walls of the Pavilion, the shlokas (hymns etc.) from Yajurveda, Rigveda and other ancient Indian texts have been mentioned. More than 500 books in Indian languages and English on the theme have been displayed. Every day several programmes creating awareness about the environment and climate change are being organized at the pavilion.
A panel discussion on ‘Ecological References in Ancient Manuscripts’ was organised at the Theme Pavilion by National Mission of Manuscripts, Delhi. The speakers on the occasion were: Prof. R K Pandey, Vice Chancellor, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Vidyapeeth, New Delhi; Prof. Upendra Rao, SCSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Dr Govind Singh, Assistant Professor, Indraprasth College; Shri Suhail Anjum, Senior Urdu journalist. Dr Sanghamitra Basu, IGNOU was the moderator on the occasion. During the session, the speakers gave reference of various ancient Indian texts like Yajurveda, Samveda, among others which talk about the significance of nature and environment. The speakers were of the opinion that Indian culture has been connected with nature since ancient times.
The Children’s Pavilion at the Fair is hub of activities for children. These activities are not only bringing children to the books but they also get an opportunity to meet their favourite authors and illustrators. Today, Bravery award winners, Naman and Mahika Gupta interacted with the children. During the session, Naman talked about the difficulties he faced while saving children from drowning. Mahika shared her experience when she saved the life of her brother during Kedarnath disaster. The session was organised by Sarvodya Vidayalaya, Anand Vihar.
A writing workshop was organised at the European Pavilion in which Jasmine B Frelih, David Machado, Osvalds Zebris, European Union prize winners presented and provided some interesting ideas about creative writing. The authors were of the view that one needs to develop good reading habit in order to become a good writer.
The German Energiewende Exhibition organized with the support of European Union and German Embassy was inaugurated at the International Events Corner by Dr. Caroline-Silva Garbade, Head of the Economic Affairs Division, Embassy of Germany, Mr. Tobias Winter, Director, Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) Support Office, and Dr. Rita Chowdhury, Director, NBT, India.
The authors’ corners at the Fair remained engaged with authors talking about their books and book lovers interacting with the book lovers. At various authors’ corners at the Fair, Vinamra Longani, author of the book Welcome on Board; Anjali Rai, author of the book Why Should I Love You; Sanjay Mishra, motivator; Dishant Huria, author of the book When Karma Goes Upside Down gave an insight into their books.
A number of books were also released including 90 God Days, Life… full of commas, Premchand Addhyan Ki Nayi Dishaein, Daali Mogre Ki, Development Journalism in Hills, Life is Beautiful, Maun He Samvad among others.
A discussion the book The Monk Who Became Chief Minister, authored by Shantanu Gupta was held. The book is a biography of Yogi Aditya Nath, hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.