Okay, its kinda weird, i don’t know how many of you feel like me,
reading ebook, tried but seems that’s not my cuppa ‘chai’
for a person like me who is crazy about books, and always love to read anytime, any where,
i really don’t feel comfortable reading a whole book from laptop, iPad, eBook reader,cellphone etc
its an odd feeling, i enjoy reading in the old fashioned way, rather than hooked to an electronic device,
main issue is, the smell, any true book worm would agree with me, the smell of a book (new or old) can never be missed,
next comes the pleasure of page flipping, how can anyone miss the satisfaction of turning the pages?
nothing can match the rustle and the paper’s texture brushing our fingers while flipping pages 🙂 not even the virtual page flipping effects helps me.
most important thing i can’t compromise is choosing,browsing and buying books from book shops – love to shop books. I love the experince of choosing a book by its cover, (often by its back cover 🙂
and convincing myself whether to buy a paper back or a library edition,
to me when i hold a book and read it , i completely surrender myself to it, its like a rhythmic act,
there is nothing else apart from me and the book while i read it.
Nothing makes me happier than a good book on a rainy day with a cup of coffee 🙂
anyways i don’t have anything against e books 🙂 its just my personal choice.
i don’t think i can ever enjoy a complete book in any other form other than a real book.
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
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… 🙂
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
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
Author Akilan’s books ,
Valgavilunthu gangai varai,
history & political books
lifestyle books/philosophy – i am happy about the response my books received this year :)(yahooo000!)
and our stall had descriptive posters ..among which the poster on corruption was well received by everyone.
our photo display file of our publication and authors ‘ ninaivalaigal ‘ grabbed every one’s attraction 🙂
we had a pongal pot display this year in our stall,
our bookmarks and pongal cards were well appreciated 🙂
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
atheism / religion/culture
and a lots more…
எனது மற்ற புத்தகங்களான ‘மனசுக்குள் வரலாமா?’ ‘பேசாமல் பேசுவோம்‘விலிருந்து இம்முயற்சி வேறுபட்டது;காரணம்…
‘எதிர்மறை எண்ணங்களை’ எதிர்க்கத் துணிந்தவர்களை ஊக்கப்படுத்தும் முயற்சியே இப் புத்தகம்.
இப்புத்தகம் யாரையும் திருத்துவதற்காக எழுதப்படவில்லை.
நம்மில் பலரது உரிமைகளைப் பாதுகாக்கவே எழுதப்பட்டுள்ளது.
இப்புத்தகம் தன்னலத்தைப் பிரதானப்படுத்துகிறது உண்மைதான்.
நேர்மையான, நல்ல மனங்களின் இன்றையத் தேவை இதுதான் என்ற எனது நம்பிக்கையின் வெளிப்பாடே இந்தப் புத்தகம்.