33rd Guwahati Book Fair
Guwahati: The ongoing 33rd edition of the Guwahati book fair held at Chandmari field witnessed impressive number of bibliophiles and visitors from across the region.
The 12-day fair has attracted heavy foot-fall of book lovers, writers and publishers from all across the nation. And despite the growing demand for e-books the popularity of printed books doesn’t seems to have gone down as book lovers’ throng to the fair searching for their favourites.
Also the Assam Publication Board is making all out efforts to preserve the Assamese literature. The fair has also attracted a large number of students from across the region as they are getting an opportunity to explore more dimensions of academics and getting aware of different multi-lingual books.
The book fair came as great news for book enthusiasts as their heaven has been opened once again to wander around amidst the pages of their preferred genres. A huge number of visitors were seen on the opening day itself with a large selling number bringing up smiles in the faces of the writers and publishers. People across the state came rushing to buy books even though the pandemic situation brought crisis to everyone.
Following the unlock 6.0, mass events began to shoot off around the state including the Guwahati book fair which was initially to be organised in March 2020 but was postponed until further notice due to the Covid 19 outbreak. Bringing the good news to book lovers across the state, the Assam Publication board announced the commencement of the event from December 30 to January 10.
Since the event has been organised after a gap of 2 years, it has been able to attract more readers, some of which have come not only to buy books to read but also to collect them. Moreover, it has also come to notice that many people found new interest in reading during the long lockdown period. As per the organisers, people of all age groups have come in the treasure hunt with different preferences of genres and writers.
While the younger generation searched for books of Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathi, Ravinder Singh etc, the older ones tend to prefer Homen Borgohain, Rita Chowdhury, Anuradha Sharma Pujari etc. According to the Assam Publication Board sales have been higher compared to the previous years.
In an era of smart devices it is a good sign that people are still interested in buying and reading books. There has been a common perception amongst people that the habit of reading has lost its popularity day by day but at Chandmari Book fair it just seemed untrue.