35th Jamshedpur book fair has started35th Jamshedpur book fair has started
on Nov 12, 2019 T has begun from the 8th of November and will last till the 17th of November. The fair has been organized by the Tagore Society at Rabindra Bhawan premises. Entry timings are 2 pm to 8:30 pm on weekdays but on weekends the gates will open from 10:30 am onwards. The bookfair is filled up from children’s books to educational CD’s, cookery books, from autobiography to epics and controversial books. The spotlight is on the controversial books who attracted a lot of controversy like James Laine’s Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India Jinnah — India, Partition, Independence by Jaswant Singh and ‘Starry Nights’ by Shobha De, etc. these kind of books are making a good sale, also autobiographies of Abdul Kalam, Sachin Tendulkar and first women IPS Kiran Bedi are making a good sale. Apart from controversial books, historical books like ‘Last Days of British Raj’ and ‘Witness to Partition: A Memoir’ by historian B R Nanda are also offered by the publishers. Publishers have participated from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, will showcase latest books in Hindi, English, Bengali, Urdu, Gurumukhi languages besides books in local languages such as Santhali, Ho, Kurmali, are also available. “The fair is a treat for the avid readers of the city. I can see the love for Hindi books increasing here, and there are a good number of people going for Premchand…Madhushala by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, books of Chetan Bhagat, Jaswant Singh’s Jinnah are in great demand,” said a publisher from Lucknow. Ashis Chowdhury, general secretary of Tagore Society, the organizers of the fair said that every year the trend is for the award-winning books and on people who are in limelight and this year too is not different. “The book fair started in 1985 with only 27 publishers and now more than 72 publishers are participating. Last year the fair registered the sale of more than one crore Rupees and we are hopeful that the numbers will rise this year too, “Academic books move off the shelves quite fast. One could see publishers and bookshop owners stocking such books in large numbers. Our publication, too, is enjoying good support from students and people preparing for competitive examinations,” said an official of Sen and Company. Falling in line with academic books, dictionaries and thesauruses also retain their top position among bestsellers.” said Chowdhary.
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