Book expo takes citizens by storm

Staff Reporter

Tirupati Book Festival opens under the aegis of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

TIRUPATI: Sri Thyagaraja Mandapam, which usually reverberates with classical concerts, is now swarmed by bookworms. Readers spanning the mundane barriers of age, academic exposure and intellectual acumen are milling the ongoing ‘Tirupati Book Festival’.

Book lovers of the city are in for a feast as the event, conducted by the Tirupati Kendra of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, resembles a sea of literature where voluminous books are piled up and educative CD/DVDs stacked in thousands. Not only the locals, but ardent readers from across the district are thronging all the 60 stalls in large numbers. A teacher in a rural school was sighted religiously picking up his favourite books on philosophy.

Thirty-four reputed publishing houses from across the country, including Prism Publishers, Aditya Publishers, JP Brothers (Medical), Scholastic India, Cambridge University Press, Sahitya Akademi, Telugu Akademi, Overseas Publications, Tagore Publishing House, National Book Trust, Telugu Islamic Publications, Prajashakti Book House, Emesco, Dove Multimedia, Bala Saraswati Books have set up expansive stalls at the fest.

Wide variety

Right from philosophy to computer science, spirituality to Leftist revolution, medical to architecture, language studies to yoga, Harry Potter to atomic matter, books are available on a ‘you-name-it-you-get-it’ basis. The host Bhavan’s also has set up four stalls to sell their publications. Similarly, from kindergarten kids to research scholars, visitors were of all age groups. Books in the price range of Rs.10 to Rs.50000 are on display for sale.

Braving the biting cold, the visitors on a purchasing-spree loitered around, taking a peek at the stalls till 11 pm. In the evenings, lectures are conducted by eminent personalities to spread the message on book-reading. Cultural programmes are also being conducted. TTD Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy inaugurated the Tirupati book festival.

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