Pune Gears Up for Grand Finale of World Book Day Festivities

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Pune, 24th April 2024: A special program is set to take place on April 26th and 27th to mark the culmination of the month-long Pune’s World Book Day events. Organized by Nukkad Café, the culmination program, to be held at Chanakya Hall, MIT WPU Kothrud, will include multiple panels, storytelling sessions, interactions with authors from the LGBTQ community, travel stories, and curated performances.

In its second year, the month-long Pune’s World Book Day events have been organized in association with Pune Municipal Corporation, NHRD Pune Chapter, MIT WPU, Amar Chitra Katha, Goethe Institute, Kitabi Chai, Co-Creators and Company, Raah, Kahaani, and Rainbow Fizz Café.

The program on April 26th will feature various panel discussions with self-published authors from 4 pm to 7 pm, followed by a storytelling session by Zainab Chinikamwala, a visually challenged voracious reader.

On April 27th, the program includes curated performances from 3 pm to 5 pm, Rainbow Stories – Interaction with R Raja Rao (India’s 1st poet to publish a book on poetry on LGBTQ) and the launch of his two new books, an interaction with Rahul Shinde, recitation of poetry from both authors from 5 pm to 6 pm, an inspiration session – interaction with specially-abled authors Vibha Rani and Rachit Kulshrestha from 6.30 pm to 7 pm, a session on the digital library for visually challenged people and its impact on their life from 7.30 pm to 8.15 pm, and songs on travel – entertainment from 8.15 pm to 9.15 pm.

Vaibhav Paliwal, organizer, and owner of Nukkad Café, stated that Pune’s World Book Day is a unique celebration that represents changing eras and evolving generations. The event honors the written word by providing a platform for people to share their tales, discover different viewpoints, and cultivate the love of reading. The entire initiative is also driven by Pune’s writers and authors, with key members including Sonali Rasal, Preeta Bhuyan, Aman Rajabali, and Bhupesh Mahajan.

Entry to these events is free.