There is something about the feel of books all around you that brings a smile to your face. Ask any book lover about their books, and they all have one thing to say, that a book is their best friend. When you are immersed in the pages of a book, you don’t need anything else. But, lately, the percentage of book reading people has been dwindling. The famous Delhi and Kolkata book fairs still attract lakhs of people, while in Guwahati the book sellers have to be satisfied with a few thousands.
The 29th edition of the book fair is underway at the Chandmari Engineering Grounds from December 25. CM Tarun Gogoi inaugurated the book fair cum literary fest. Education Minister Sarat Borkotoky hopes to turn this fair into an international event with proper infrastructure to attract more visitors.
It has a total of 122 stalls from Guwahati, Delhi, Kolkata, Dibrugarh and some others. About 20 new books are to be released throughout the duration of the fair by various writers. Northeast Drama and Film Institute also put up a stall at the fair. Stalls having educational scientific aids, wooden handicrafts, small home décor items were also there along with the usual food stalls to attract more visitors.