Craze for books here to stay: Fair’s concluding note

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The 10-day National Book Fair, which drew thousands of book lovers to Moti Mahal Lawns despite pandemic scare, concluded on Sunday.
The public response to the fair went on to prove that popularity of books remains the same among people in the age of gadgets and e-reading, observed literature lovers and authors who graced the event.
Held on the theme ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the event saw eminent poets and writers from Lucknow presenting their work at special sessions like Kavi Sammelan, meet the author, mushaira and book launch.
Books from different genres and publications like National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language, Ahmadiya Muslim Community, Bahujan Bodhi Sahitya, Vedic Sahitya Kendra, Setu Prakashan, Vani Prakashan Group, Samyak Prakashan were up for grabs for the bibliophiles.

“The variety of books offered under a pandal made the event  .

“The variety of books offered under a pandal made the event standout. I look forward to visiting the fair every year,” said Dr Prakhar Singh, a visitor who purchased various historical books.
Another visitor, Ankita Das said, “I was here looking for a collection of poems. Managed to grab the Rupal Kaur collection at a throwaway price and looking forward to reading it.”
“The demand for competitive exam books was high this year,” said the owner of Prabhat Prakashan.
Another stall owner, head of Vani Prakashan Group, said, “The response of the people was overwhelming, especially since the event was held under the shadow of Covid-19 and after a gap of one year. Overall, it was a win-win situation for both readers as well as publishers.”
Apart from booksellers, owners of stalls selling jute bags, gift items, plants, and mouth-watering dishes also had a brisk business, said an organizer, while claiming that the ‘no mask, no entry’ policy was strictly followed during the event.

Source – The Times Of India


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