The New Year brings new hopes, new aspirations, new dreams and new opportunities. Here’s wishing a very successful year to the publishing fraternity.
For all of us, the year 2017 starts on a happy note. With India’s leading book fair – New Delhi World Book Fair 2017 to be held from January 7-15, followed by Zee Jaipur Literature Festival from January 19-23 and International Kolkata Book Fair from January 25-February 5, the New Year will give a lot of food for thought to the litterateurs, academicians, students, research scholars and the general public.
There has been a constant push from schools and parents to inculcate reading habits among children, which can be enhanced only when we let our children pick up the books of their choice. Book fairs like New Delhi World Book Fair is a wonderful platform for them to pick up books from the Kumbh Mela of books, from every corner of not just India but from various parts of the world.
Since this book fair coincides with 60 years of existence of National Book Trust, India, the organizers of the fair, it will have a special pavilion under the theme ‘Focus on 60 years.’ Besides, all other regular literary events like book discussions, workshops, book launches, seminars, etc will be held. The fair attracts not just people from Delhi and neighbouring cities, but also from other parts of the world.
This year, let us all pledge to do our bit in making India not only literate, but also a knowledge-based country. Publishers need to think out of the box to ignite young minds while policy makers and educationists need to change the way we teach our children. This issue is packed with features on enhancing the reading habits and making India a knowledge-based society, besides others.
I would like to conclude with the following quote “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.”
Wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous New Year!