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33rd Jamshedpur Book Fair evokes lukewarm response

Jamshedpur : The Jamshedpur Book Fair witnessed lukewarm response this year. The footfall of visitors was less as compared to the previous years. The organisors and book sellers at kiosks have said that the footfalls has been very scarce this year. Organised by the Tagore Society, the Rabindra Bhavan ground had 72 book stalls.

The Tagore Society is yet to compile the sales figures but the authorities say business has registered a downfall this year. “When you are exhibiting, you come with certain expectations. We are here making business with consumers and if they are not present what is the point of investing so much money,” said a publisher.


Though many books, including science fiction and childrenís literature, among others, vied for the attention of visitors, it was their Hindi cousins who stole the show with works by Premchand and Shivani flying off the shelves. However, not just the intelligentsia, but even the common man welcomed the fair. ďAt a time when the education system in the country, as felt by many, is not up to the mark, such book fairs will go a long way in filling the gap and provide motivation to the younger generation,Ē says a teacher. He is happy that lot of books that are of interest to students were on display and sold at throwaway prices.

Nazeer Ahmed, a former officer of government a regular visitor for many years, says that all sections of society, in particular teachers and parents should play a key role, in making such affairs a big success.

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