why can’t i enjoy eBook like a hard copy?

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.




great stuffs to read from world classics…

Love reading? classics are the best here are some for beginers…

Pride and Prejudice- Novel – by Jane Austen this is perhaps the best -loved work of jane austen’s (1775-1817) small but popular output. It contans her greatest satiric characters,Mr.Collins and Lady Catherine, and is easily the most readable by anyone making their first venture into early nineteenth -century English literature.

Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad – The author’s full name was Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski, and he was born in the Ukraine in 1857, after an eventful life at sea he was naturalized as a British subject in 1884, the same year that he gained his master’s certificate.Ten years later he left the sea and devoted the rest of his life to literature.”Almayer’s Folly” is an excellent example of the fluency with which conrad was able to write English.It is also a stirringly effective story of Borneo and the union of East and West.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  Many feel Emily Bronte’s single novel excels any of her sister’s books in raging splendour and sombre passion, Emily the second of the Bronte sisters, is ultimately renowned as a poet rather than a novelist. Perhaps it is the same poetic genius that produced such fine lyrics as “Remembrance” and “Last Lines” that shines at times through her prose with such a splendid spark.

Old Saint Paul’s by Hattison Ainsworth This is a novel with a building as a hero.The cathedral is the really dominant character of “Old saint paul’s” .Always the action leads back to it, and it certainly towers above all the human peronages of the story.

Lorna Doone – by R.D.Blackmore This is the author’s only novel which has survived the passing of time.It was published in 1869 and still brings its annual trail of pilgrims to Exmoor and the “Lorna Doone” country.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The author Charlotte (1816-1855) the eldest of the three Bronte sisters,wrote only three novels, of which “Jane Eyre” the first (1847) is her most popular work.The Book’s characterization is so detailed and so burning.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe This is the first “documentary” novel in so far as it was the first work of fiction based on reality.Alexander Selkirk, a scottish shoemaker, was marooned by captain Dampier on the island of Juan Fernandez, where he remained for five years.In 1719 Defoe printed his novel, in which he had taken the somewhat pedestrian account of Selkirk of his solitude and transformed it into an immediately successful and permanent work of art.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens This is the best known and by its author , best -liked novel, appeared originally in 1849-1850. It contains a great deal of autobiographical material, but all of it has been subtly transmuted into the basic framework of fiction. A simple, yet powerful work.

The Borthers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky  is not only one of the greatest novels ever written.It is also an attempt to survey the entire life of civilized man in relation to his main problems- religion,love,money,the future of society, etc. This enthralling story of passion and crime clearly depicts the amazing range and grandeur of Dostoevsky’s genius.

Tess of the D’urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy  The tragic epic of Tess Durbeyfield is the tale of a “well meaning” man’s misguided cruelty to the woman he believed he loved. Yet it is far more than that; for in the story of adorable Tess the milkmaid, with her pure,warm heart and her eager human impulses, we discern, with growing horror, the bitter thread of destiny weaving and tightening as time passes, until at last it closes round her young throat on the scaffold. Hardy has wrought a thing of wonder and beauty from this story of ignorance,seduction,heartache and violence with great ability.

The Mill On The Floss by George Eliot  Mary Ann Cross alias George Eliot’s sterling fiction, revealing a profound sense of pathos and humour, as well as a conviction of the purifying effect of suffering upon the human soul.

The Three Musketeers  by Alexandre Dumas is a marvelous journey into history and imagination. Dumas never hesitated to bend history,the result was so entertaining that no one can complain.

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster A teen novel, first of its kind in all aspect, wonderfuly presented in amazingly simple language, yet powerful.

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


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.



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,



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

indian politics


atheism / religion/culture

Chinese revolution,



and a lots more…