“This is a first of its kind initiative. Right now, there is no platform in cyberspace where Bengalis can take part in literary adda sessions,” Indrani Roy Chakraborty of Mitra & Ghosh told HT.
Roy Chakraborty is calling the website a virtual library. She says that once it takes off, the site would host Bengali books published by many publishers.
“Initially, the virtual book fair would be dedicated to an author every month. But later, readers can also ask us for books by other publishers,” she said.
Time seems to be ripe for such an idea as literary festivals are growing in popularity. Kolkata plays host to two such festivals — the Kolkata Literary Meet and Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival — and both are packing in bookworms.
“The launch of the website seems promising. Somehow, the space for literature is shrinking in print, and therefore, our literature festivals had become necessary to promote exchange of ideas and discussions. This website can serve the same purpose,” said Malavika Banerjee, coordinator of Kolkata Literary Meet that has become hugely popular only in its second year.