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EVENT Cinedarbaar and National Book Trust come together for “Qitaabe”

MASS READQitaabe is part of the National Book Week which is on in the Capital
MASS READQitaabe is part of the National Book Week which is on in the Capital

Malls aren’t particularly known for encouraging reading habits. But then, Cinedarbaar and National Book Trust (NBT) are organising “Qitaabe” at DLF Place in Saket, New Delhi, on till this coming Sunday, to encourage book reading and literature among masses.

“This is a celebration of National Book Week, from November 14 to 21; it’s a week-long celebration that NBT India is organising and ‘Qitaabe’ is part of it,” said Supriya Suri, director, Cinedarbaar. “We usually do different activities in schools, etc. but haven’t done anything like this before in malls. One of the first things that NBT is trying to explore by holding the event in a mall is to see what response they get, and thus they had invited Cinedarbaar to do the event for them,” she added.

On the aim of the three-day-long event, which started Friday, Supriya said, “It’s basically just to promote reading habits among people.”

Waves , a compilation of 16 short stories written by children during Cinedarbaar’s workshops, was launched at the event. “We also have a library set up by Penguin and NBT. It is a simple library where people can come and read and buy books.”

Other attractions at the event include a treasure hunt, sounds and poems, activities like bookmark making and so on. “We have tried hard to attract children’s attention, like we also have a poetry installation in which people can write and hang their poems. It is like Haiku, the Japanese style of writing short poems.”

It’s not just for children; people across all age groups can participate without any registration.

It’s basically just to promote reading habits among people

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