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The World Book Fair starts in Delhi on Saturday the 30th of January and runs for a week. This will be the 19th such biannual book fair and will have about 1500 exhibitors from as many as 20 countries. For a country as starved of accessible reading material as India is, this is an event that booklovers look forward to with much anticipation.

As do many publishers who gussy up for the event. As for example, Mapin who will bring out a new and very sumptuous title,Museums of Rajasthan the rich heritage of Rajasthan in time for the event. Published for the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the volume is edited by Chandramani Singh, and offers the reader a chance to discover valuable museums if somewhat vicariously, and also to get a unique glimpse into the history and culture of one of the most visited states of India.

"Museums of Rajasthan details the origin, history and importance of 18 museums in Rajasthan, India. The collections managed by Government of Rajasthan and housed at Ajmer, Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kota, Mandor, Mt Abu, Pali, Sikar, Ahar and Udaipur, illustrate the glorious heritage of the erstwhile Rajputana kingdoms.

They display samples of India’s best royal collections, archaeological findings and local crafts. Highlighting the cultural legacy of Rajasthan, this book offers a concise overview of these collections, with mention of the legendary royal figures and experts who envisaged the museums. This volume is an engaging record of artworks in stunning colour photographs, presented as a catalogue."

In our Art and Architecture section, in hardcover, 208 pages, 255 colour photographs and a map. Rs 3000.