As usual there are books and bookworms in Chennai. However, the Chennai Bookfair 2005 isn’t only about them. Strangely, the book fair is getting very sociable. A typical social gathering than just a book buying crowd. But if they are able to translate the visitors into book buyers the goal is reached.
This year, probably the first time, they have changed the architecture of the book fair. Until now, the entry and the exit were through a common gateway. Now, it’s much streamlined and you go in through a way and come out of the other. This probably has to be appreciated because there is enough space to move around and adapt the bellying visitor count. The organizers are strict and they don’t allow any single stall to occupy more space than what was allocated. When I was in a stall, they even asked that stall hosts take out a single chair placed at the side of the stall.
Apart from these operational stuff, there are books. In plenty. And there are readers to buy books ranging from Five minutes Briyani to Yoga and it’s therapeutic approach.
Kaalachuvadu has an amazing calendar for 2005 which hosts pencil sketches of eminent Indians. From J Krishnamurthy to MS Subbulakshmi this is a good buy. Bought a compilation of G.Nagarajan‘s short stories which includes Naalai Matrumoru Naaley.
Alliance publishing has released Actor Siva Kumar’s autobiography named, Ithu Rajapaattai Alla. I couldn’t find Cho. Ramaswamy’s Sarkaar Poghundha Veedu, Koovam Nathi Karaiyile and Enge Brahmnan in print at Alliance publishing. Looks like it might a month before they come back to print.
Badri Seshadri‘s Kizhakhu Pathippagam is certainly doing a great job. Probably one of the most professional of the lot. They have a good collection and are adding some more books. Their list includes, Pa. Raghavan’s Dollar Dhesam, Hari Krishnan’s Hanuman – Vaarpum Vanappum and a book by Ira.Murugan. is probably their Bought Aathavan’s Iravukku Mun Varuvathu Maalai.
S.Ramakrishnan’s book on World Cinema is selling hot cakes. Released by Kanavu Pattarai it is well priced at 500 bucks and is a good buy. I just scanned a few pages and am planning to go for it.
Then there was Dheemtarikita and Gnani was as usual talking to his visitors socially. Last year, Vairamuthu’s Kallikattu Ithikasam was the hot seller. This time, Vairamuthu’s Konjam Thaneer Niraya Vaanam was out and there weren’t any major marketing for it.
As I said on the curtain-raiser, there were huge crowds on the Vikatan shop and also in the canteen. There are many tamilians from abroad who are visiting Chennai just for the book fair.
I am planning a glance again tomorrow to meet Writer Sujatha on the Uyirmmai stall by 5:00 pm. Will write more on the books in the next post. BTW, if you haven’t visted the book fair, you have just three days more. It’s rocking and if you aren’t there you are certainly missing out on the books.