GUWAHATI: Thousands of book lovers thronged the 33rd Guwahati Book Fair, which is under way at the AEI playgound, Chandmari here today. A press release of the Publication Board Assam stated that more than 50,000 people visited the fair today, especially in the evening when there was a massive rush.
Meanwhile, books worth more than Rs 1 crore were also sold today, the release said adding that at the stall of the Publication Board Assam, Bipuljyoti Saikia-edited Hiren Bhattacharya’s Rachnavali was the most sold book today. Many other books published by the Board were also able to attract the attention of the people. Meanwhile, many literary discussions were also held on the premises today. Among them one important discussion was on the topic, ‘Book industry in the post-COVID scenario: challenges and possibilities’. Delivering the inaugural address, litterateur and publisher Nabin Baruah said that the emergence of online sellers like Amazon, etc., is good news for publishers and authors, but book lovers in Assam should also wholeheartedly support the industry. The programme was moderated by journalist Nava Thakuria. Among others who took part in the discussion were Dhiraj Kumar Lahkar, Manish Hazarika, Pritima Koushik Barua, Bipul Deuri, Amrit Kumar Upadhyay, Buljit Buragohain and many others.
Another discussion on the topic, ‘Kitapor Sei Dia Nao’ was held under the aegis of ‘Kitapor Got’ in which writers Dr Rita Choudhury and Anuradha Sarma Puzari took part.
Our Staff Reporter adds: Ten books of various genres published by Sarmah Prakashan of Nalbari were released at a function at the ongoing Guwahati Book Fair last evening.
The function presided over by SEBA academic officer Harinarayan Das was inaugurated by writer Iswar Chandra Goswami.
The books released were Asomiya Biyageet written by Kiran Devi, Maa Manasa by Bhubaneswar Baishya, Bhasha Sahitya Parikrama by Aswini Kumar Sarma, Sabitri Brata Katha by Anima Devi, Bharat Ratna Prapak Sakal, Madhabir Sadhu and Hahi Mathon Hahi by Nagendra Nath Bhattacharyya, Bhasha Aru Sanskritir Katha by Dr Pramod Haloi, Dwadash Jyotirlinga by Chandra Bhushan Sarma and Anubhavar Taranga by Dipak Kumar Sarma.
The books were released by Mrinalini Devi, vice president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, senior journalist and writer Joykanta Sarma, Aswini Bezbaruah, Dr Pranjal Sarma Basistha and Dr Mani Sarma Shastri. (The Assam Tribune)