- Then Kizhakku Asia (South East Asia in Tamil) – Ram Velayudham and Ramalakshmi
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Veerapandiya Kattabomman
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – V O Chidambaram Pillai
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Shivaji
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Visveswaraiah
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Jaya Prakash Narayanan
- The Classical Age of The Tamils – Arokiaswami
- Tourism and Development in South and South East Asia – Manivasagan.
The last two books (7,8) is published by University of Madras (in English). The first six books is published by Palaniappa Brothers (in Tamil).
These are the books I bought at the Chennai book fair, 2013 held at Nandanam Island grounds (YMCA campus) 🙂 As you might know, every year this *grand and huge* book fair is held for two weeks at Chennai, during the Pongal season. The book fair ends on Jan 23 (tomorrow) and I managed to go there one day before!
I have been going to this exhibition almost every year (save one or two) for the last 15 years (almost). Generally, I go there to buy some English books (mostly non-fiction). But this year, I went there specifically to buy Tamil books. Of course, I know to read/write Tamil, but I have not been reading Tamil books in the recent years.
The options available for Tamil books is really mind-boggling. All these years, I used to think that there was not enough variety to choose from, and I didn’t always get the book I wanted (in English). I now realize what a mistake it was. I should have looked for the topics I wanted, in Tamil. I not only got all the books I wanted this year, but I got some additional titles that I was futilely looking for (in English).
Looks like almost every (major) English book is being translated into Tamil, these days. The number of original Tamil books on TN & India, is *highly impressive*. I guess, Tamil novel lovers would find it a treat, but for non-fiction lovers like me also, it wasn’t any less! Even the couple of English books I bought, one about Tamil Sangam Period(!) and the other about Tourism, have been published by the University of Madras.
The book fair, as usual, has been organized very well. But I prefer the old venue in P.H. Road, because that was closer to home! 🙂 The food was, a bit costly (as expected), but good. I relished the sundal, kulfi, tea, samosa & juice, in addition to the veg. biriyani 🙂
The only issue I have (every year) is – There is no space to sit/relax inside the book stall venue. And the tickets are session based, once you enter they tear it. If they can arrange some chairs inside (along the corner), people can sit, relax, browse for some more time and buy more books. Or they can give tickets valid for one day. Simple tricks, but they keep missing it every year!
Thankfully, my legs pained *so much* after browsing the first five rows. There were at least 12-14 more! Not sure, didn’t count. If I had covered the entire book fair, I would have bought many more! Money saved 😛
One more good thing about this years fair is, they don’t allow plastic covers. So, book shop owners gave us thin cloth bags to carry books. I think it’s a good initiative. The second-hand book shops were also there (opposite the venue). I bought a 2000 Issue of National Geographic magazine because it had an excellent article on Indus Valley Civilization. They even had a 1985 issue of this magazine!! Talk about rare books!
Altogether, this year’s book fair was very fulfilling to me 🙂 Going by the number of people visiting this book fair *LOTS*, every city should have one. Have you had any memorable experiences with book fairs?