13th All India Urdu Kitab Mela
Venue: Saboo Siddique Polytecnic Grounds, Byculla Mumbai
Stall No 9.
Dates: 14th Jan 2012 - 22 Jan 2012
Time: 12 noon - 9pm
So, drop by the stall and jump into a world of stories!
Via DNA India
The 13th All India Urdu Kitab Mela organised by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) has a treasure trove of more than 20,000 titles by 60 major Urdu publishers in India. A huge turnout, that comprised of students, teachers, professionals and book lovers, were seen flipping through the pages of their favourite tomes at the Saboo Siddique Engineering College in Byculla on Saturday.
“If the language was on the decline, would thousands be flocking to an event like this,” said lyricist and poet Gulzar, who inaugurated the 9-day book fair. "My only concern is that while Urdu is spoken and understood widely, it is rarely seen in schools or colleges," he added.
The 60-odd stalls at the Kitab Mela display everything from poetry penned by Mirza Ghalib and Allama Iqbal to popular fiction writers like Ibn-e-Safi, Sadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chugtai. One can also find books by contemporary poets and writers such as Kaifi Azmi, Sahir Ludhianvi and Gulzar.
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Illustration by Ruchi Shah