Books Ahoy!
Reading is to the Mind is what Exercise is to the Body, IHS organises, a Book Fair to mark the celebrations of World Book Day.

To further scale up the reading levels of the students, the Indian High School, (IHS) Dubai conducted a Book Fair to celebrate the 'World Book Day'.

The Book Fair, at IHS was a part of the 'World Book Day' celebrations held during the last week of April, ending on the 2nd of May. Just as the famous proverb, 'Today a reader, tomorrow a leader', the Book Fair aimed to inculcate a habit of reading and spread awareness among the students towards a good habit. It brings out the best potential in them as global citizens of the world.

The book fair catered to different interests of the students by providing them with different genres of books. An 8th Grade student, Sahar Afroz, shares her though as she says, "There were so many books, all kinds of them, from ABCD books to encyclopedias." She also recalls, "The crowd went berserk, the place was massively crowded. I could hear the girls go frantic for 'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne and the 'Hunger Games' series by Suzanne Collins. Luckily, I caught hold of all the three series (Hunger Games) and bought them for a cheap sum of Dhs. 110, comparatively much cheaper to the price outside."

While this was the case among the big girls, the younger ones too had something to be excited about. Commenting on the same, Mrs. Swapna Shetye, asst supervisor, library, says "As a whole, it was the series by Enid Blyton, Dan Brown, Chetan Bhagat, Jacklyn Wilson, and the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Goodnight Mr. Tom (a book in particular) that got sold like hot pancakes."

The Book Fair, has been a regular activity, conducted over the past few years, it has been one of the many successful initiatives taken up by IHS "The book fair, was a huge success for the school this year too", stated Mrs. Shetye, "The total sale was Dhs. 50,000." The amazing reading interest amongst the young students and the good literary environment of IHS proves her words right. When asked about the response from the inquisitive youngsters of IHS, she replied, "The students, both girls and boys, were very responsive, there was a lot of active participation from their side." Moreover, she adds, "We've got 1000 students for our 'Dozen Books Challenge', which is another competition, conducted as a part of the 'World Book Day' celebrations. Now, we're busy trying to make questions for testing them."
- Written by Athira Anand, Junior Reporter for Light House.