Monday September 23, 2019

International Book Fair, Indian Authors Are Set To Take The Stage at Abu Dhabi

A roster of hand-picked Indian performers will also showcase classical music, traditional dances and Punjabi folk songs.

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Among the Indian authors who will be gracing the ADIBF stage is India's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Navdeep Suri, who will be launching his book, "Inked in Blood and Spirit of Freedom". Pixabay

Celebrated Indian authors are set to take the stage as the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) opens for its 29th edition from Wednesday, the media reported on Monday.

With India as its guest of honour this year, the ADIBF will be showcasing the richness of the country’s culture, as well as its diversity, throughout the fair’s run from Wednesday to April 30 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Khaleej Times reported.

Among the Indian authors who will be gracing the ADIBF stage is India’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Navdeep Suri, who will be launching his book, “Inked in Blood and Spirit of Freedom”.

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Also on the list is Abu Dhabi-based writer Deepak Unnikrishnan, who will discuss his book “To Remember, I Invented People” that revolves around the people who raised him. Pixabay

The book serves as the English translation of his grandfather’s famous poem “Khooni Baisakhi”, which was based on how he witnessed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919.

Best-selling author Preeti Shenoy is slated to speak about her new book “Wake Up, Life Is Calling”.

Also on the list is Abu Dhabi-based writer Deepak Unnikrishnan, who will discuss his book “To Remember, I Invented People” that revolves around the people who raised him.

Smita Pant, a representative of the Indian Embassy, said: “We are thrilled to be the guest of honour at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. This partnership is reflective of the historical ties we enjoy with the Arab world.

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The book serves as the English translation of his grandfather’s famous poem “Khooni Baisakhi”, which was based on how he witnessed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919. Pixabay

“We will be bringing a delegation of more than 100 members with us… and India will also have the biggest pavilion at this year’s event.”

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A roster of hand-picked Indian performers will also showcase classical music, traditional dances and Punjabi folk songs.

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Popular pop singer Jasbir Jassi, folk music group Kutle Khan and singer-songwriter Harpreet are just some of the personalities who will be at event. (IANS)

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One Up Library Brings Children Closer To Books

Bringing children back to books, the One Up way

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One Up Library in Vasant Vihar. IANS
One Up Library in Vasant Vihar promoting reading habits among children. IANS

With walls painted pearl white and bright mats covering the floor, it looks like a fancy showroom in an upmarket neighbourhood. But don’t get mistaken — it’s a library. And that too for children.

The One Up library in Vasant Vihar is like an oasis in the digital desert with 1-14 years old as members. It’s a rarity to find a neighbourhood library as today’s children are mostly engaged in online passions, having little time for reading books.

Dalbir Kaur, founder of One Up, believes in the old school way of making children aware. Started in Amritsar in 2011 as the Golden City’s first modern library, One Up travelled to Delhi in 2017.

Dalbir believes the 21st-century children need spaces beyond schools that specifically focus on critical reading and thinking; promoting curiosity, collaboration & conversations, and community-building.

“The conventional libraries could not stand the effect of time, especially when everything is available online. But it’s important that children visit libraries to explore literature, develop their reading tastes,” she told IANS.

Dalbir said to draw teenagers towards books and promote less usage of technology, a revolutionary change was required in the way libraries looked and felt. She brought the concept of active reading, where children are guided by trained helpers who themselves read a lot.

“It’s important to have attractive interiors with an active librarian. The librarian or the attendants must be active and knowledgeable about the books and should be avid readers themselves,” Dalbir said.

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Motivating children to read books and cultivating reading habits amongst children in One Up library. Pixabay

Since the readers are children, Dalbir herself goes through every book that is to be added to the library to remove all the chances of inappropriate content. Her team also organises weekly activities, like ‘read-out-loud’, ‘draw what you read’, interaction with authors and quizzes after a reader finishes his/her book. All of this is conducted on the first floor of the building, which is now full of drawings and charts created by readers as part of their activity.

The initiative has gained popularity as the library now has over 200 children as members and the number is rising every day. Some members even come from Noida and Gurugram to read books — just for an hour or two.

The positive changes have also begun to flow as Dalbir has been approached by several educational institutions to curate their libraries and train their teachers. By now she has helped over 20 schools to curate their libraries and train librarians.

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Dalbir does not charge anything from a school for curating a library. She holds workshops for teachers and librarians, advice on steps to innovate and initiating non-readers.

She has now launched an award, which will attract nationwide entries, for excellence in best practices in a nurturing learning environment. Entries could be sent till September 5. (IANS)