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Wide range of books at Manjul?s fair

india Updated: Dec 21, 2006 02:04 IST
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IF YOU thought that books have few takers in this age of cable network and Internet, think again. A bibliophile bought books worth Rs 30,000 from the book fair currently on at the Ravishankar Community Hall near Bittan Market.

The fair, that began on December 16, will be on till December 28 between 11.30 am and 9 pm.The book fair to mark golden jubilee of the Manjul Publishing is showcasing a wide range of books in Hindi and English.

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The exhibition-cum-sale is jointly organised by the Lyall Book Depot and Manjul Publishing House. A host of national and international publishers have displayed their books in the fair. Books from publishing houses like Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, MacMillan, Orient Longman, Roli Books, Full On Circle, Viva Books and Rupa & Co are on the neatly arranged shelves. Last time such a book fair was organised five years ago.

“Collection is good and arrangement of the books very systematic,” said Manjusha Khanna, a visitor. Another visitor Minakshi Ganguly found the collection ‘fantastic’. Dr A C Pandey wished the fair had been organised on a wider space. 
Among the fictions ‘Sacred Games’ by Vikram Chaddha, ‘Namesake’ by Jhumpa Lahiri and ‘Speedpost’ by Shobha De have done a good business. 

However, books on children, non-fiction and coffee table variety are in greater demand, informed Vikas Rakheja, Managing Director of Manjul Publishing House, The coffee table books like ‘Made for Maharajas’ by Amin Jaffer, ‘Pearls of Orient’ and ‘Splendour of Imperial India’ are worth mention here. 

Graphic novel, a new literary rage, is also an added attraction here. Books with graphic illustrations make reading easier for the reader.

Rakheja said the exhibition is meant more to celebrate 50 years of Manjul Publishing than commercial gains. About 1000 to 2000 new books are being added to the fair everyday.

Vikas said one visitor bought books worth Rs 30,000 at the fair which is offering discount from 10 to 20 per cent, depending on the nature of books.

In the Hindi segment, translations of bestsellers like ‘Harry Porter’, ‘Bookseller of Baghdad’ and ‘Who moved my cheese’ can be had. Rakheja feels there is a vast Hindi book market to explore. His won favourite books are  ‘Tuesdays with Moorie’, ‘Fountain Head’ and ‘Shobha De’s Surviving Men’.

Orient Longman, branch manager Sanjay Tikoo said that the books have been arranged nicely. There are books for each member of the family and one can spend a whole day at the fair.