Update: The annual Chennai Book Fair 2016 organized by BAPASI was cancelled in January due to floods. Now, they have announced that the book event will be held from June 01 – June 13, 2016 @ Island Grounds, Chennai.
The Chennai Pongal Book Festival 2016 is being held at the YMCA Grounds, Royapettah (Not Nandanam) from January 13 – 24, ’16. This சென்னை பொங்கல் 2016 புத்தக கண்காட்சி has been organized by தமிழ் நூல் விற்பனை வெளியீட்டு மேம்பாடு கழகம். It’s open for public from 2 P.M. to 8:30 P.M on normal days and 11 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. on holidays. Note: The usual BAPASI book fair has been postponed to Apr. this year.
Location: Opp. to Royapettah General Hosptial. YMCA Royapettah is located at the intersection of Peters Road, Westcott Road & Royapettah High Road. Google Maps link.
The opening ceremony was held yesterday – Wed, Jan. 13. It was presided over by Justice Chandru, Former Governor of West Bengal – Gopala Krishna Gandhi, Muthukumaraswamy, and others. The speakers prominently mentioned that more than the floods, silencing of literary voices and banning of literary works over the last one year affected them heavily.
Around 200 stalls and book sellers are participating in this book fair. The entrance ticket is Rs. 5/-, but the organizers say that proceeds from the entrance ticket sales will be donated to Flood Relief Fund. They also mentioned that the book sellers have come forward to donate 3000 books to the Ashok Nagar public library as it has lost most of its books due to floods.
I came across many interesting stalls and promotions, I will mention a few here. The Vikadan group’s promotional stall and banners for Chandrahasam caught my eye prominently.
The Thina Malar staff are promoting the annual subscription to their monthly English Magazine – Fountain Ink, which according to them, features stories that are generally not reported by the mainstream media. This magazine is available across India.
The Indian association for the blind has displayed their Braille books (fiction and non-fiction) and other literary aids for the visually impaired.
Amogha Enterprises are promoting their 3D models of major monuments that can be assembled from scratch by hands. Do you see the cardboard displays of assembed Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower models, at the back?
Here are two more stalls:
I should also mention about the healthy eatery (within the book fair complex): Devaamritham. They are serving millet based ladoos, cakes, pakoda, etc. And also Aavarampoo Theneer and Sukkumilagu Coffee. Check it out! For bikes and cars there is a parking fee of Rs. 10 and Rs. 30 for three hours.
This book fair is a must visit for book lovers in Chennai 🙂