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Sunil Sethi: Why Delhi is India's Book Capital

AL FRESCO

For years the annual book fair in Kolkata used to be the big noise in India's world of publishing, and deservedly so. Spread over the city's central Maidan it was both a joyous celebration and a literary feast in a city that strongly nurtures its intellectual tradition. Delhi's book fair used to be Kolkata's poor relation. But, this year, owing to public interest litigation that has argued against use of the Maidan as both polluting and hazardous (fires and power breakdowns have been frequent as a result of poor planning on the part of the organisers, who neither observe safeguards nor ...