Sunday evening crowd at the APIIC Grounds one of the best in the city in recent times
From a Telugu translation of Quran to Compact Disks on any topic of your interest is there to pick up at the Visakha Book Festival – 2010, but for the convent-bred Telugu youth of current generation `Telugu Learning Kit' has become the point of attraction.
Sunday evening book lovers' crowd at the sprawling APIIC Grounds was one of the best seen in the city in recent times. Number of general books has taken a beating, while the fiction is confined to a few stalls and majority of the stalls have catered to the student community. If Manipal K-12 Education Pvt. Ltd. has subject wise CDs for CBSE and ICSE school curriculum, Telugu Academy and other publishers have displayed books for various competitive examinations.
Designed and developed by Hyderabad-based C.P. Brown Academy, the Telugu Learning Kit has eight books and an audio CD to teach alphabet, sentence formation, vocabulary, speaking in Telugu and to cap it all Vemana Satakam and Sumati Satakam.
Some valuable titles in Telugu published by Sahitya Academy are a real steal with the academy giving 20 to 70 per cent discount on the books. General discount on books and other learning kits vary between 10 per cent and 20 per cent.
If you are looking for the `Vizagpatam Gazetteer' to go through the authentic history of Visakhapatnam district or some other reference book, it is available at a small stall at one corner. Krishna Murthi Foundation of India has its own presence for the intellectuals to lay hands on some of his audio cassettes or books specifically meant for students like – Krishnamurthy on Education.
Several essay writing, quiz, story telling and painting competitions were going on with enthusiastic students gathering at the specially designed stage a far-end. Ratna Sagar has a library package for students and the Collins Dictionary along with a CD for the convenience of computer literates/professionals. Medical dictionary, small booklets to large volumes explaining all aspects of pregnancy to what home remedies could keep you away from a doctor seem to be the fast selling ones.
Three publishers specialising in religious and mythological books are more than happy to find a large number of people picking up books on Shirdi Saibaba to Upanishads or Mahabharata. Noted scholar Vedula Subrahmanya Sastri and a couple of other local writers found this exhibition an encouraging trend at a time when reading habits were dying. “So many publishers still able to survive in the market shows a healthy state of literary world,” said writer Avasarala Ramakrishna Rao.