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NBT World Book Fair 2018 blog: Day 04 – Tuesday 09 January 2018

By Sanjay V Shah

Moving from stall to stall to meet stall holders and interacting with visitors to the World Book Fair 2018, we are discovering many things at the National Book Trust organized event. Many of them, anticipated and few, unanticipated. Thousands of people are visiting this event at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi daily. They bring with us their own opinion. Insight and understanding of the subject. Meeting them help us look at the world with a new thinking.

Our stall 151 in hall 12 is located opposite to an Islamic organization’s nicely set and quite a big stall. On other side, we have a stall of an Amazon company as our neighbor. Then, in our left and right sides, we have a well know New Delhi based publisher, a stall of one religious group, a Marathi publisher’s stall and so on. In other words, we are enjoying our time at WBF 2018 feeling we are placed in a little India.

Number of visitors to our stall increased significantly today. From curious onlookers to translators, designers, interpreters to representatives of other stalls, we met several quality persons during the day. We also got some enquiries for translation and web designing from other stall holders. Hopefully, they would convert in business too.

We also had advertisements released in few newspapers today for our ongoing requirement of translators. Calls started from morning itself and callers started visiting our stall from afternoon. What amazed us pairs of languages Indian translations can offer. One of the callers was proficient in Hindi, English, Spanish and French. One veteran translator impressed us the most with his command over Hindi, English and Sanskrit. He has many books to his credit as a translator. However, it was saddening to learn that many publishers had not paid him for his work. The money such publishers owed him was Rs. 22 lakhs!

Our team members also paid visit to more stalls today. They came back with few promising offers as well. We would certainly try to close these deals when we are back to routine at our Mumbai office.

You are also invited to visit Mangrol Multimedia: Hall 12, stall 12.

NBT WBF 2018: Day 04 at a glance:

  • Increased crowd made Tuesday a better day for all stall holders of World Book Fair 2018.

  • Number of visitors at our stall also went up. We also got enquiries for translation, writing and web designing from few stall holders.

  • We had an NBT official also at our stall today. He asked us about our experience.

  • Our advertisement in few leading newspapers in New Delhi inviting translators got very good response. We are hopeful of meeting many talents and discuss work with them.

  • Mangrol Multimedia is in hall 12, stall 151 and those who are visiting WBF 2018 are welcome to meet us. We offer several media services under one roof, including writing and translation in 40+ languages, interpretation, transcription, trans-creation, graphic designing, web solutions and so on.

(Sanjay V Shah is Founder-CEO of Mangrol Multimedia)

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