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A feast for bibliophiles

V.S. Palaniappan

The exhibition in 3,500 sq ft has 145 stalls and will be open till July 4

Photo: M. Periasamy

Having a look:Union Minister of Shipping G.K. Vasan (second right) at a stall after inaugurating the book exhibition at CIT campus on Thursday. Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi (second left) is in the picture. —

Coimbatore: The book exhibition by the Book Sellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) at the CIT grounds on Thursday as part of the World Classical Tamil Conference is all set to provide a feast to the book lovers with nearly one crore books in more than 1.5 lakh titles.

The exhibition in 3,500 sq ft has 145 stalls and will be open till July 4, said Secretary of BAPASI Rama Lakshmanan. The exhibition will offer 10 per cent discount. The books on display included those from universities, Sangham literature, Medieval literature, modern literature and post-modern literature, novels and books on various subjects, said President of the association Sethu Chockalingam.

The association had been conducting the exhibition in Chennai in January which used to be attended by more than 600 publishers.

The books in the expo here included more than 150 new ones which were popular. A number of books that had remained out of print for more than 47 years were now back in stands.

The biggest book on Thirukkural with 6 ft height and 3 ft width weighing 1.25 tonnes made of water proof paper from Sandhanammal Pathippagam is also on the stands.

Earlier inaugurating the exhibition, Union Minister for Shipping G.K. Vasan said that the exhibition was a wonderful effort to bring the publishers close to a large section of book lovers at one place.

He exhorted the visitors to the conference to visit the exhibition as well and reap the benefits by enriching their knowledge.

“The simple rich Tamil literature has grown and is the life of the Tamil race,” he added.

After the formal inauguration of the exhibition at the conference pandal, the Union Minister inaugurated the exhibition on the CIT grounds opposite to the conference venue and went around the exhibition having a look at the stalls along with Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi.

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