covid: 12-day book fair ends, defies rise in Covid cases to record 2 crore sale | Guwahati News


Guwahati: The Assam Book Fair ended on Sunday with a resounding success as sales of nearly 2 crore rupees were recorded at the 12-day event amid Omicron scare. The fair recorded an average daily attendance of around 25,000 people.
“The challenges of Covid-19 were also present during the last edition of the show. But we received an overwhelming response and recorded the highest attendance of almost 5 lakh since the first fair in 1984, ”said Pramod Kalita, secretary, Publication Board, Assam.
He said the release committee was facing a similar pandemic situation this time around. “The state has recently seen a further increase in Covid-19 cases. But the book industry must survive. The Covid-19 protocols have been followed on the exhibition grounds, ”he said.
The Board of Trustees started the book fair movement in Assam, organizing a nationwide book fair in Guwahati in 1984. It was organized in collaboration with the National Book Trust of India. It was a huge success. Then, the board of directors organized the first Guwahati book fair in 1987 without any collaboration with any institution.
Kalita said books worth Rs 1.92 crore were sold at the fair last year, held after a two-year hiatus. The book fair could not be held in 2019 due to fierce protests against the citizenship (amendment) law across the state and in 2020 the novel coronavirus shattered the hopes of all publishers, printers and readers.
Kalita added that the books, which recently won the Sahitya Akademi Awards, were the best-selling books this year. “The novel by well-known writer Anuradha Sarma Pujari ‘Iyat Ekhon Aaronya Asil’, Abhijit Bora’s short stories ‘Deuka Kobai Jay’ and Mrinal Chandra Kalita’s novel ‘Bakul Phular Dare’ were the most requested at the fair. “, he added.
A total of 115 publishers and distributors participated in the book fair; of which 10 were from neighboring Bangladesh.
Last year, “Aalfar Kolngkito Adhyay” by Ranju Neog Hazarika and “Life of a Driver – Cabinor Ipare” by Rupam Dutta were the bestsellers at the show. Hazarika captures the dark days of the 90s when Ulfa unleashed a reign of terror as Dutta recounts his experience as a driver in his first novel.
The council released 16 new books at the fair this year.

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