PUSTAK MEDA BABAT NO PARIPATRA
Books are priceless. She is our best friend because she is the storehouse of knowledge and science. Individuals come and go but their best thoughts, knowledge, teachings, culture, civilization, human values survive in the form of books.
They are not destroyed. They are passed on from one generation to the next. For example our Vedas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, our history are all alive today, we have. All these texts were composed thousands of years ago, but even today they are giving us light and inspiration.
Today Gandhiji is not in front of us in physical form, but so much of his best literature is with us. He always guides us. In today’s era, where the values of life are declining, there is a cloud of moral and cultural crisis all around, the importance of Sat literature increases even more.
At such times it becomes necessary that we should increase the publicity of books, take interest in their study and get maximum benefit from them. To study good books means to know and understand the best people and their thoughts, to establish close friendship with them. There is no better friend than him.
Book fairs are a boon for us. It is a confluence of readers and writers. All types of books on all subjects are easily available here. Readers can choose books according to their interest, ability and requirement. He can turn the pages of books to see their quality, content, description etc.
The variety of subjects, values, etc. makes the choice even more simple, smooth and simple. In addition a reader can exchange ideas with other readers, get guidance from booksellers. Discussions and seminars on books are held in these fairs. These are very beneficial for all the readers.
In those days a huge book fair was held at India Gate. Many book sellers and publishers from outside Delhi had come there. The books on the stalls were beautifully decorated. There were books on all subjects like history, geography, knowledge-science, literature, travel, religion, language, biography etc.
Pragati Maidan in the capital Delhi is a place where one or the other exhibition is often held. For this reason, it is also natural to remain crowded there often. Whether there are exhibitions or not, there are often a variety of cultural programs, plays, film shows, colorful programs and there is also an amusement park for children, Appu Ghar.
That’s why I’ve been there many times. But last year when I heard, also read in newspapers that this time there is an International Book Exhibition being organized at Pragati Maidan, so being a book lover, I went there not just for one day but for three consecutive days. In fact, the fair and exhibition space was so spacious, so many other publishers had put up their stalls that it was not possible to see them all in one day.
All our classmates went to see the exhibition on behalf of a teacher from our school. Due to this concession was given in tickets etc. The size, shape, color and title of the books on display were so captivating that it became imperative for me to look at each and every book placed on the stall.
So, the teacher and the companions went ahead, while I was left alone looking at the books behind. I kept asking various questions to the staff on the steel regarding books, their subjects, printing etc. They kept telling everything with great love. I also bought some books. Some were so happy with my curiosity and questions that instead of ten percent commission, I was given a commission of twenty five percent. Some took only half the price, some gave small books for free.