Jamshedpur, Nov. 14: The eagerly awaited Jamshedpur Book Fair will be held from 16th to 25th November 2018. The Fair, which attracts students, book lovers, litterateurs and the like, is being organized by the Tagore Society at Rabindra Bhawan premises. This year it will be the 34th such Fair which will be inaugurated by Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
The Book Fair will have 70 stalls dedicated to books from various fields. Speaking at a Press Conference, Ashish Choudhury, Hony Secretary of Tagore Society, said that though the Book Fair is organized by the Tagore Society, everyone contributes to make the Fair a success. He further added that like yesteryears this year also many renowned publishers from the world, national and international distributors will participate in the Fair by putting up their shops.
As was displayed over the years, publishers 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, will also be available.
We are all well aware that books are the only source which helps in enhancing knowledge. In today’s world social and electronic media has penetrated into our everyday life. However, for authentic and complete information, one still wades through the books.
Books have a glorious history as in ancient times palm leafs were used for creative writing but now paper is used for bringing out editions.
Initially organized on a very small note, the Jamshedpur Book Fair has now grown in its size. Thousands of writers and book lovers visit the stands in the Fair every day to satiate their hunger for knowledge and information.
The citizens of Jamshedpur, local corporate houses, educational institutions and literary organizations have contributed for the success of the Book Fair.
Ashish Choudhury further informed that during this Book Fair many related events will take place such as Inter-School Quiz which is scheduled for 18th November, a seminar on Hindi on 21st November, cultural programme by the students of Tagore Society on 22nd& 23rd November.
He exhorted the youth who are now addicted to their cell phones should come out of this malaise and visit the stands at the Book Fair as reading books is a very good habit which truly helps in furthering knowledge. He appealed to all to visit the Book Fair in large numbers and spread awareness and wisdom. He requested corporate houses, schools and libraries to sponsor purchase of books on different subjects which are available in the Fair.
He also went on to inform that all precautionary measures such as installing CCTV, fire-fighters, dog squad have been made to ensure life and property during the fair.
“Our priority is more on quality publishers and not just quantity. We would like book lovers to come and enjoy books to cultivate a reading habit,” said the secretary of Tagore Society.
Besides Ashish Choudhry, Dr H M Paul, President of Tagore Society, Mr Shantanu Chakraborty, Chairman, Book Fair Committee, and Sudip Basu, Treasurer of Tagore Society, were present at the press conference.