This year, Pustaka Parishe offers a million books

The Pustaka Parishe, where every visitor can donate any number of books and take home one book for free, is being held for the fifth consecutive year here on Sunday, October 7.

The Parishe this time promises to be bigger with about 10 lakh books expected to reach the hands of readers as against 1 lakh last year. Books from different genres of Kannada literature will be available at the venue.

Dialogue with writers

Apart from regular book fair, the Parishe this time features various cultural programmes, including interactions with writers. The Parishe is being organised by Basavanagudi-based Srushti Ventures in association with the Kannada Book Authority and other government organisations.

Nagaraja Navunda from Srushti told presspersons here on Wednesday that Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar would inaugurate the Parishe at the National College Grounds, Basavanagudi at 9 a.m.

It will be open to the public from 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Books and more

The occasion will see encomiums paid to Kannada’s centenarian lexicographer, G. Venkatasubbaiah, where a collage, ‘GV Shataka’, will be released. Cultural programmes will be held at a separate enclosure with a seating capacity for 1,000 people. Yakshagana performance by children, a dialogue on Kannada Education in Schools, another on humour in Kannada and other programmes will be held all day long.

Entry is free. However, the fair does not offer any opportunity either to sell or buy books.

Other books too

Mr. Navunda said the moment the Parishe ends, the process of collecting books for the next one starts all over again.

Initially, this was confined to a close group of friends, but then it became bigger and bigger, involving the public too.

It was same with the books. Initially, it was confined to Kannada books, but the circle grew bigger with people donating academic and non-Kannada books.

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