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Tirupati Book Festival a big hit this year

Book aficionados:Visitors browsing through an array of books at the ‘7th Tirupati Book Festival’ currently on at S.V. High School grounds in Tirupati.– PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
Book aficionados:Visitors browsing through an array of books at the ‘7th Tirupati Book Festival’ currently on at S.V. High School grounds in Tirupati.– PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

In varied forms such as books, audio/video compact discs or educational play material (for kids), the sources of knowledge are ready to be lapped up!

The ‘7th Tirupati Book Festival’ conducted by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Tirupati kendra at S.V. High School grounds is a tremendous hit, with around five dozen stalls set up to offer an array of over 2,000 titles. The venue resembles a fountainhead of knowledge, where the crowd during the last three days, is much higher than the turnout for full 10 days during the previous years, indicating a palpable rise in book-reading habit. From astronomy to astrology, philosophy to physics, Sanskrit to Salsa dance, aeronautics to aerobics and culture to cookery, the topics are wide-ranging. Visitors swarmed the stalls selling books on personality development, communication, career planning and Yoga. The Yoga series has disorder-specific therapies for say, eyesight, obesity, indigestion, etc. The ‘Traitha Siddhantha Bhagavad Gita’, available for the first time in Tirupati, offers scientific explanation to the verses in the epic. For language enthusiasts, there are books/CDs to learn even Spanish, German and Japanese speaking, let alone Indian languages. The place is a one-stop-shop for global bestselling English novels, while there are dedicated racks for Telugu stalwarts like Yandamoori and Yaddhanapudi.

The stream of children is steady, thanks to the awesome collection meant for the younger lot. Among the subject books are the ‘made easy’ stuff, text books and guides for high school and intermediate students, while the fun collection includes dot-joining and colouring books for tiny tots, comics, interactive CDs, pocket-size collection on world leaders, poets and artistes.

“Abridged versions of bestseller novels are up for grabs”, says Bhavan’s Director N. Satyanarayana Raju.

Stalls by Emesco, Prism, Scholastic, Great Books, TTD, Prajashakti, IGNOU, Sahitya Academy, Ramakrishna Publications, Dove, Vijayavani, Jiddu Krishnamurthi Foundation and Book World have visitors in large numbers.

As a step to promote regional languages, OutBox Edutainment offers a kit of Telugu/Hindi alphabets, which are to be arranged to form meaningful sentences.

The stalls have already registered impressive collections. Eyeing women visitors, there are stalls selling vegetable cutters and cutlery items too.

The expo closes on February 10 (Sunday).


  • Over five dozen stalls with some 2,000 titles to be lapped up are on display

  • Books on personality development, communication, career planning, Yoga draw huge crowds



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