A VISIT TO KOLKATA BOOK FAIR
Kolkata Book Fair , a winter fair in Kolkata, is organised by the government of West Bengal and by a guild of publishers and booksellers.It was held in Milan Mela Prangon at the heart of Kolkata. I paid my visit to the Kolkata book fair this year with my parents on a mildly sunny spring afternoon . The fair was held in a very spacious ground with shops in abundance. The paths around the fair were cemented .There were concrete benches where the visitors could take rest. The book stalls were big and there were usually enough room for people to move about and choose books from the shelves.This book fair, is more than just an event. Every year, a country is chosen to be the theme of the fair. This year, the theme of the Kolkata Book Fair was USA, so the pavilion was an enormous plywood replica of the White House which was the main attraction and the Pulitzer Prize winning writer Richard Ford inaugurated the fair. Inside are stands with information about the consulate’s American Library and many other books. The other countries that participated in the fair were Britain, China, Vietnam, US and Italy. We then moved to the British Council’s pavilion. It was a good bookshop, shelves crowded with literary classics, British history, books on politics, even scholarly books. Seagull’s publisher, Naveen Kishore, Oxford book stall, Cambridge University Press books, Navneet, Orient Longman,Penguins,Pearson Publications, Rupa Book Stalls were all filling up fastly. So along with English, Bangla books and translated books were also showcased in the stalls. I too began my journey of purchasing with the collection of Enid Blytons’ Famous FIve and Nancy Drews. I also encountered the antics of Satyajit Ray’s Feluda and Professor Shanku, the tall tales of Narayan Gangopadhyay’s Teni-da, , the adventures of Tintin and the surreal comedy of Bantul the Great and the naughty Nonte-Phonte. My parents also bought some of their desired books.Since Art and...
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