who said reading habit is receding?-the heavier & lighter side of Chennai book fair

34th Chennai book fair… to me Chennai book fairs are always ….fascinating event… i have been to these fairs since i was a kid…

every year… my publishing house participates in the fair and in recent years  my books are displayed as  well,

so now i enjoy book fair as a publisher and a writer.

The personal response that i receive is really important for my further work.

so thats the basic picture.

this year we had a very good response as usual

some unique features were…

we had many new visitors… many first timers who ventured into the world of reading

Tamilputhakalayam @ chennai book fair

Tamilputhakalyam Dhagam Stall @ 34 chennai book fair

thats an inspiring change …

we had the usual regulars … they had a blast checking out the books sipping coffee

another thing i observed in the Chennai book fair was, we had a good response to Tamil books rather than english books and games dvd’s/cd’s.

most publishers said that poetry books did not received a good response… any ways thats not my area of interest 🙂

but serious political,history books rocked this year! –  a healthy growth that i welcome

on this note i need to point out one thing,

before few years we had a craze for historical  books… this was well pocketed by some  mushroom publishers … who published books with fancy titles on history,politics… these books were unimpressive.

i personally bought these books and felt cheated … for the books were very light… and so boring…

this year these books were well identified and omitted by the readers… that includes me as well:)

in contrast all the good books on history and politics had a great response…

how can we choose a good book from a bad one?

go by the author / publisher

have a glance at the writing style …

if you understand and find it  interesting,you are holding the best and  right book…

as usual famous historical novels were sold out

lifestyle books had a great response too…

children story books had a warm welcome this year… we had cute little curious visitors to our stall… 🙂

a serious book addict  @ tamilputhakalayam

a serious book addict @ tamilputhakalayam

curious little readers @ tamilputhakalayam stall

curious little readers @ tamilputhakalayam stall

a serious book addict  @ tamilputhakalayam

a serious book addict @ tamilputhakalayam

curious little readers @ tamilputhakalayam stall

curious little readers @ tamilputhakalayam stall

biographies were not that popular this time,

great news is lighter interest books had low response – cookery,beauty tips, books on astrology, etc

so over all its a happy picture  and we can now ask with a smile..

who said reading habit is receding?

okay now moving a bit off track… the canteen facility was no so tasty …

thanks to all the coffee/tea / popcorn stalls without them survival would have been tough 🙂

next new thing… the book fair pathways were named after famous creative writers and thinkers… poets Barathy, Barathydasan, Shelly, Tagore, Gandhiji etc

path ways named after poets/authors

path ways named after poets/authors

one thing that was bad was the flooring in the fair… it was terrible and many walkers slipped and fell to floor 😦

the evening events attracted very few visitors…

we had few unexpected visitors to our Tamilputhakalayam stall this year like  mr.maniratnam, mr.ila.ganesan -bjp , mr.sanjaysubramaniam, and some usual visitors like mr.pazha.karruppaia, mr.duraimurugan,mr.jagathratchagan,  and many more

mr.sanjaysubramaniam @ tamilputhakalayam stall @34th chennai book fair

திரு.ப.ழ .கருப்பையா - திரு.அகிலன் கண்ணன் தமிழ்ப்புதகாலயத்தில்

mr.pazha.karuppaia & mr.akilan kannan @ tamilputhakalayam stall @34th chennai book fair

Author Akilan’s books ,

Valgavilunthu gangai varai,

history & political books

fictions

lifestyle books/philosophy  – i am happy about the response my books received this year :)(yahooo000!)

k.abirami's lifestyle books

k.abirami’s lifestyle books

and our stall had descriptive posters ..among which the poster on corruption was well received by everyone.

KARPAGAM'S FLEX ON CURROPTION @ TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM

KARPAGAM’S FLEX ON CURROPTION @ TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM

our photo display file of our publication and authors ‘ ninaivalaigal ‘ grabbed every one’s attraction 🙂

tamilputhakalayam photo album

tamilputhakalayam photo album

we had a pongal pot display this year in our stall,

PONGAL POT @ TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM STALL CHENNAI BOOK FAIR

PONGAL POT @ TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM STALL CHENNAI BOOK FAIR

our bookmarks and pongal cards were well appreciated  🙂

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM BOOKMARKS

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM BOOKMARKS

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM PONGALGREETINGS

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM PONGALGREETINGS

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM POSTERS

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM POSTERS

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM POSTERS ON POLICIES

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM POSTERS ON ITS POLICIES

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM BANNER-DRIVEWAY

TAMILPUTHAKALAYAM BANNER-DRIVEWAY

so we had a great time this year at the Chennai book fair

and there were the funny moments too …

when i was walking around the fair one cute liitle boy was yelling to his father ‘ actor surya’s picture ! surya’s picture’

the father was patiently explaining ‘ no its not surya .. its a real police’

the boy was ponting to his finger to an ips officer’s (who was dresses in his police attire)  poster in a book stall!  🙂

next comment was a parent seriously warning  his kid ‘ hey don’t entre into all the book stalls … most of the books are for writers… not for you… go into the stall that has books for you okay! ‘

the four year kid was bewildered by the warning… so was i 🙂

anyways it was so much fun….

by the way i bought loads of books …

mostly on sri lankan history

indian politics

folklore

atheism / religion/culture

Chinese revolution,

journalism

media

and a lots more…

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