I have stopped visiting book fairs including the legendary Strand Book Sale. Because I have run out space in house (credit card takes care of running out of money !) I am an impulsive buyer when it comes to books. I am always ready with rationale for books : Books are the best investments – true friends – windows to culture!
I made an exception to the rule by visiting Ahmedabad Book Fair. I had heard lot of positive reviews about the book fair. And I think the exhibition was worth the hype. It was a really well organized book fair with more than 300 book stalls. There was an exhibition of books converted to movies. I was very impressed by the eBook section of the fair – it was a nice and informative initiative. There were lectures and workshops. Also there was the mandatory food court for the foodie Amdavadis ! GujaratiLexicon Team conducted a workshop on Gujarati Internet World, Gujarati Typing and GujaratiLexicon.
The Book Fair had special treat for Gujarati Book Lovers. The best collections were on sale. All religions and trusts were well-represented through their book stalls. Amish Tripathi, Chetan Bhagat ruled the show as usual in popular section. Children books, self-help books, cooking recipe books and religious books dominated the show.
I was very pleased to see thousands of people visiting the book fair. It was a heartening sight to see kids in very big numbers. The love of books is second to none.