Gurgaon, April 21, 2012: Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) hosted the Gurgaon Book Festival 2012, the first ever book festival being held in the city, in association with National Book Trust. The four day book festival was inaugurated by Gurcharan Das, the acclaimed author of international best seller ‘India Unbound’, columnist and public intellectual. The festival boasts of distinguished names such as Vatsala Kaul Banerjee – Publishing Director Hachette; Paro Anand- Author of Books for Children and Young Adults; Advaita Kala – Novelist &Film Writer and M.A. Sikandar – Director of National Book Trust, among many others.
Day two of prestigious Gurgaon Book Festival witnessed an in-depth panel discussion by thought leaders from various walks of life on “Reading Books in the Digital Age”. The panellists included some renowned names including Vatsala Kaul Banerjee-Publishing Director Hachette, Paro Anand – Author of Books for Children and Young Adults; Dr. Sameer Parikh- Mental Health & Behavioural Health Sciences Specialist; Rajesh Kalra – Chief Editor Times Internet Ltd and Anshul Chaturvedi – Editor Delhi Times. The discussion primarily focused on identifying and rectifying the changing trends related to reading habits in the increasingly digitized environment.
The literary festival which culminates on April 23on World Book Day, entails reading sessions, discussions and workshops for children with special needs.
Talking on the panel discussion Dr. Ashok V. Chordiya, Zonal Director, Fortis Healthcare Ltd said, “We are pleased to host Gurgaon’s first ever book festival organized by National Book Trust. In our endeavour to give a ‘Hospital with a difference’ to the community, we are exploring ever new opportunities to the residents of Gurgaon through various initiatives. The panel discussion today witnessed some serious thought provoking ideas in the listener’s mind on what needs to be done as a society to prevent what’s called a man’s best friend, Books. It’s imperative that steps are taken by various institutions in this rapidly changing world to prevent this cause and our endeavour to conduct this session was to get the voices of these eminent leaders across to people
Spread across 11 acres, Fortis Memorial Research Institute will be a multi super-speciality world-class hospital in Gurgaon. Trauma will be one of the major specialities at the hospital. In the starting phase, the hospital will operate 450 beds. It has a capacity of more than 1000 beds; 24 Operating Rooms, and the most technologically advanced medical equipment.