BOOKS ON spiritualism, self-help books giving tips on how to weather vicissitudes of life, bestsellers, educative books for children and so on.
Eighty-three stalls spread across the Bhopal Haat paint a literary landscape. Books on a plethora of subjects are stacked in stalls, mostly from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
A major chunk of the books relates to children, how they can hone their educational skills and promote their all-round progress.
The Book Fair, organised by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, is part of the Government’s endeavour to increase school enrollment among children. Under the scheme, Government schools are given funds with which teachers can purchase books to make education interesting. The fair provides a platform for both teachers and students to choose books of their choice.
Manoj Sharma of Kitab Ghar Prakashan, Delhi says: “This is a good way wherein teachers can directly purchase books with their funds.”
The fair which started simultaneously at four places of the state — Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Indore — will later be organised in all districts of the state. District-level exhibitions will continue till March 11.
Besides books for children, there are many for elder people. K Gupta of the Landmark says: “Dictionaries and books on self-improvement have been hot-sellers. The Indomitable Spirit by A P J Abdul Kalam, the Hindi version of 48 laws of power—-Shakti Ke 48 Niyam and Man Ke Sadhe Sab Sadhe penned by Dr Vijay Agarwal — have been the favourites of his stall since the inauguration of the fair on Friday.”
Amit Maheshwari of Vani Prakashan, Delhi, says: “These fairs are very helpful for schoolteachers. Some even come from remote villages to search for books”.
Pravin Mishra of Sahitya Bhandar, Allahabad said last year his stall registered a sale up to Rs one lakh. “What sold most at my stall was the Atlas.”
And it’s not just books. There is an array of CDs for class education, games and collection of stories.
S S Rathore, district project coordinator of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, said: “Under the abhiyan, libraries were being developed in all Government schools. The book fair, a part of the abhiyan, gives a platform to parents, teachers and students to select their books on a broad spectrum of topics.”
Enumerating the wider objectives of such fairs, he said, “Besides selecting good books for schools, it allows teachers to chose from a wider collection.” Last year the sale at the book fair had touched around Rs 16 lakh.
Venue: Bhopal Haat
From: January 26 to 28
Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM