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Here's a guide of the literary gems you can bag during this last lap of Lucknow Book Fair!

Despite the pandemic and the era of Kindle, this book fair is a bibliophile magnet.

Don't you hate missing a book fair because it left town before you even came to know about it? Well, we don't want you to feel disappointed about missing out on the Lucknow Book Fair, being held from 5-14 March at Bal Sanghralaya in Charbagh. This book fair is a haven for literature enthusiasts and book hoarders, especially for those who enjoy reading regional languages such as, Hindi, Urdu and Sindhi. Come along with us on a virtual tour of this fair, as we give you a sneak-peak into the best things that it offers!


A list of the most exotic books at the fair!

A stall by stall tour of any book fair is very basic so as we entered this heavenly abode of books, we let our instincts guide our feet and fortunately, it guided us well! On our quest to look for the X-factor of the Lucknow Book Fair, we came across an exotic collection of books, sieved from different stalls and publication houses.

Upon a cursory glance over the stall of Publication Division of the Ministry of I & B, we spotted Prominent Mystic Poets of Punjab, a book on Amir Khusrau and Legends of Indian Silver Screen, among others. However, the prized gem among these, for us, was a book titled The India. Bound in a seemingly handpainted cover and available at an affordable price of ₹200, this book is written in Urdu and is full of colourful illustrations!

The most vintage find of our tour was a copy of French Sahitya Ka Itihaas at Stall No. 7- hardbound in a red cover and full of bibliosmia! Further, much to the delight of Hindi readers, the stalls of Vani Prakashan and Rajkamal Books, located on the left side of the entrance, house everything from Faiz Ahmed Faiz to Mahadevi Varma. We even spotted a copy of Soz-e-Watan, a book that changed the course of Hindi literature by giving the world a prolific writer, whom we know as Premchand.

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Stall No. 7

If you are looking to introduce your kids to the best of Hindi literature, then you must visit Stall No. 7 which is selling 10 short stories penned down by Premchand at only ₹128. Further, English readers can visit the stall of Maple Press, where the books placed at the centre table are available at a whopping discount of 50%!

Candy store & more!

Towards the backend of the ground hosting the Lucknow Book Fair, is a stage that is reserved for hosting an array of events like- classical dance performances, open mic, talk shows, exhibitions, Kavi Sammelan and special sessions where attendees can interact with eminent authors. On the right side of the stage, we spotted a shop selling everything from papad to candy, while on the right, was Stall No. 29, selling colourful purses made of jute and cloth in various sizes, in the range of ₹120-₹350 (approx.).

Walking to Stall No. 18 from there, we witnessed shelves after shelves packed with super seeds and the owner was diligently guiding his customers towards the best products by explaining to them the health benefits of consuming chia seeds and the likes. However, the most remarkable visit for us was Stall No. 1, which was selling diaries whose covers were made from khadi and hand-made paper.

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From French Sahitya Ka Itihaas to Othello, this book fair is host to a wonderful collection of books in multiple languages, thereby, it is a delight for multilingual folks. So explore this magic portal to distant worlds, get your hands on some of the best books and travel miles during this pandemic as you read them, curled up in your bed with a cup of coffee!

Dates: 5-14 March

Timings: 11 AM to 9 PM

Location: Bal Sangrahalya, Charbagh

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Akshaya Patra Foundation

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Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

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Contact: Send a mail on info@robinhoodarmy.com

Website: The Robin Hood Army

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Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

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Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

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Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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