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SUNDHARABUDDHAN | Chennai, January 10, 2012 20:33
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The 35th Chennai Book Fair under the aegis of the Booksellers' and Publishers' Association of South India (BAPASI) is going on from 5th January. Though there is a slight slump in the arrival of books than the year 2011. Some of the new arrivals have drawn the attention of the book lovers a lot.

The slogan, '680 stalls and one crore books' adds spark to the book fair. Planman Media's The Sunday Indian too has put up a stall. Some particular publishing houses like Bharathi Putthakalayam, Uyirmai, Kalachuvadu, Sandhya, Thozhamai, NCBH have brought out more titles in a big way. Some importnats books under Bharathi Puthakalayam publication includes 'Ancient Indian History', 'Socialism' by Irfan Hafiz, and 'Arivial Arimugam' (Introduction to Science) meant for Children. 'Agnadi', a Historical Novel by Poomani is about caste-clashes around Sivakasi in the nineteenth century. Crea Publications has published the novel interspersed with rare information on freedom-fighters like Veerapandiya Kattabomman and Oomaidurai. 'Kudankulam-Waking up Facts', a book published by Poovulagin Nanbargal, 'Encyclopedia of Indian History' by Agani publication and 'Biography of Michael Angelo' brought out by Aruvi Publications have all attracted a many readers. Writings available on web-sites and blogs have also been published as books and sold in this fair. Kizhakku Pathippakam has come out with Saaru Nivedita's new novel ‘Exile’.

Kavalkottam, 2011 Sahithya Akademi winning Tamil novel written by writer Su.Venkatasan has created a sensation in sales despite its higher price and huge size. "We are going for reprint in a big way", said Vasanthakumar the publisher of the book who is very happy about it. This Book-Fair accommodates some new publishers and some modern-stalls too this year. Nattrinai, Andhimazhai is one of the new publishing houses in eye this time. There is an exclusive stall for Hollywood movies too with a huge collection of DVDs of Oscar-winning movies and Iranian films.

Mr. Baskaran of Coimbatore who has put up this stall says, " I have been participating in Madurai and Erode Book-Fairs consecutively for the past 4 years. Right from my child-hood, I am a dedicated fan to World Cinema. Famous Film Director Amir, Writer S. Ramakrishnan are among our customers."

Everybody witnessed another new-trend setter for Tamil Publishing World called ''. E-mail request for even a small book from any corner of the world would be attended to at no extra cost. Asokan, who belongs to that Web-site says, "We have no profit motive. To begin with, we received a request from America for an Almanac and we immediately responded positively to that mail. From Dublin City there was a request for a book. We sent the same immediately. When they could get it with in a fortnight, there was another order. Now the welcome is slowly but overwhelmingly increasing. Parents are drawn to the stalls set up by publications meant for children."

'Writer-Readers Meet' is being organised daily. Political columnist Gnani moderates this event every day. Sahithya Academy winner/ writer Saa.Kandasamy met the readers on the very first day. On 9th January, former President of India, Abdul Kalam was there to attend the Chennai Book-Fair. Vairavan, the Secretary to South Indian Book Publishers Association said that Sunday alone the Fair attracted about 75,000 people. "Every House must have a small Library with at least 20 books by the side of their Pooja room. This must be done within a week. Every member of the family must spend at least an hour a day in that Library", said Abdul Kalam during his interaction. So flows the enthusiasm.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017