World Book Fair 2010
On a sunny winter morning, row upon row of orderly children filed in to Pavillion 7 of the World Book Fair. The grey carpet is livened up by the light spotting the colours of over 700 books on sport in the adjoining area. Manas Ranjan Mahapatra of NBT asked the children why they liked to read and sure enough the first answers were as grey as the carpet:Because they teach us good things…because they give us knowledge…As the teachers nodded approvingly, he broke into an impromptu Mauja hi Mauja! And it was fine to enjoy books for just Mauja hi Mauja.
Kuldeep Sandhu of Pratham then read out from Raja Nang Dhadanga and the children rode the crest of the wave of laughter as the sartorially challenged emperor stepped out in his birthday suit.
More and more children kept arriving until there was barely any room to sit.
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