Chandigarh, April 23 (Pooja Goyal):
White Falcon Publishing, a Chandigarh-based publishing firm today organised fun activities at Books n Brew in Sector 16 here to mark the World Book Day. The idea behind organising the event was to inculcate the habit of reading among city youngsters.
Navsangeet Kaur, founder of White Falcon Publishing informed, 23rd April was designated as the World Book Day by UNESCO in the year 1995 to promote reading and publishing. This date marks the death anniversary of William Shakespeare. In today’s times, book reading as a habit is fast receding, and we have made an effort to encourage reading habit among people, she added.
The event was attended by around 50 bibliophiles, primarily youngsters. White Falcon had also invited few of their city authors to guide the youngsters with their writing/publishing queries. A reading session was held by Triloknath Gupta, where he read excerpts from his book ‘Witness to a Wandering Mind’ that had won the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi Award in the English category in 2015.
Fun activities for the youngsters included – a reading challenge, where the participants had to read a paragraph from a book impromptu; the one most fluent was declared the winner; share-a-story, where the beginning sentence was given and the sheet was passed on to everyone. One line was added by every participant and the story was read out in the end; also, participants were asked to write a story in less than 100 words on the topics – coffee/book/friends; lastly spell-a-word contest with the one answering all spelling correctly was the winner.
White Falcon aims to ease the publishing process for budding authors and has to its credit over 400 books published in various genres. White Falcon Publishing plans to host similar events in the future as well to keep the zeal for books and reading alive, said Navsangeet.