This post was written on Jan 12, 2020 while basking in the sun outside the halls of World Book Fair 2020. Read Part 1 here
I somehow managed to get ready in time. Yes, I was forcing myself a lil bit about the time, so that I could return before it starts getting cold outside.
The journey in the metro train was a quiet one. I was a bit nervous about being able to visit the stalls by myself. But as usual, there was this little child whose innocence made me feel calm. I find a lot of cute children during my metro journeys.
Once I was entered the Book Fair, I felt good. It wasn’t strange. With all the books around me, I felt myself. Browsed through all the halls and a lot of stalls. Not all of them, of course.
When I was done with my books shopping, I realised the sun was shining bright. The winter sun. I don’t know the time when I sat down to enjoy this warmth. Been an hour propbably?
So many people are here. Buying, reading, eating, drinking (water, soft drinks), clicking photos, relaxing. I always thought there aren’t many people like to read stuff in print. It’s the age of internet and videos. But no.. this place is full of people- kids, youngsters, elderly- every one is here. (I have visited the fair in the past, but never given a thought the crowd coming here.)
Someone just asked where’s the Penguin stall.
I wanted to look for one more book. I had thought that I’d go when the sun’s done.. but now I just feel lazy. Next year probably? Because I need to study many more books (for my exams) other than today’s buys. And I need to make space for these in the shelf too. (When I have my own home, I’ll have the biggest room as library 😂)
A kid came by.. telling his parents where the bin is.. he threw an empty water bottle in it.
Another kid is telling his father that he has seen the Science centre in videos. Kids are so tech savvy these days!
A cold breeze.. the sun is still here but.. it’s time for him to get ready to leave..
I’m in the metro right now. It’s so hot inside.. A quick update… While walking back to the metro station, I bought two more books from road side stalls. Desi-ness of bargaining never leaves you 😂
Now I’m like… I NEED MORE SPACE TO KEEP ALL OF THESE BOOKS. I NEED MORE TIME TO READ EVERYTHING. I NEED A LOT OF MORE.
Another update from home: It was a good day. I feel relaxed. It was not that bad to spend time with myself. I felt teary-eyed sometimes but it turned out to be good overall. The time I spent alone basking in the winter sun was something that I needed… to get lost in the crowd outside me and feel the storm inside me.
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