It’s that time of the year that book lovers get to have a time of their lives sifting through scores of books to fill their homes with rare, some common, some popular, and some interesting books. The 34th annual Hyderabad National Book Fair has started at NTR Stadium. Conducted by the Hyderabad Book Fair Society, the event will be on till December 28. The digital media wing of the Information and Electronics and Communications Department (IT&C), government of Telangana, has set up a ‘Telugu Wikipedia Stall’ here.
The Fair will have 270 stalls from Hyderabad, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Tenali, Delhi, and Mumbai. What’s nice and unique about the book fair is the fact that one can get books from yesteryears to the latest books of nascent writers. From comics to drawing books to kids to biographies to fiction and non-fiction of all categories, the Fair has something to offer to all. Also, this time, an effort is being made to encourage regional writers. Once their books are sold out, the next lot is being brought on for sale.
Apart from Telugu, one will also get books in English, Sanskrit, and some in Tamil and Kannada. And like in all places, all COVID protocols are in place. The stalls have been reduced from 100 to 350 stalls, and the distance between each of them is about 40 feet. Also, wearing a mask is mandatory.
Speaking on the occasion, IT chief secretary Jayesh Ranjan shared that the government has taken several initiatives to promote usage of the Telugu language on digital media platforms. He added that a special digital media wing was created for the purpose and that the wing strives to make information on Telangana’s history, culture, art, architecture, economy, polity, and various other segments to be available on public platforms easily and free.