The Bangalore University presented "World of Books 2011", an international book festival, which was held from the 2nd to 11th September, at Tripuravasini, Palace Grounds, Bangalore.
The book festival played host to many leading bookstores including Oxford Bookstore, Hachette and others. The 10-day book festival saw thousands of people flocking in to take a look at the lakhs of books that were on display. For many of the booklovers, this festival has been a season of celebration.
"I visit the book festival every year with my daughter," says Geeta, a bank employee, "my daughter is crazy about books and this festival is a pitstop for every book on the planet! It’s easier than taking her to different book houses at a time." Sahitya, Geeta’s daughter says, “I love this place, it’s like my home; but it’s just sad that I cannot come here every day.”
The book festival showcased all the genres of writing; short stories, fiction, nonfiction, travel, education, religion, health etc. with regional language books being the showstopper!
The festival did not neglect those with a liking for regional language books as there were a wide variety of choices for them, every Indian language starting from Hindi to Kannada to Tamil was present. It was an amalgamation of reading cultures.
With new technology bombarded into everyday life, the book festival reminded most of the Bangaloreans that reading has still got its place in the lives of Bangaloreans.
"World of Books 2011" was organised by Bangalore University along with Indya Comics.