A paradise for every bibliophile is a place where you can spot books from all around the world. On that note, Book Fair 2017, which kicked off in Chandigarh on Saturday at Exhibition ground, Sector 34, is on till March 5. The book lovers can spot more than 50 active book stalls, and the number will rise to 85 in the coming days.
City people will get a chance to interact with renowned authors on March 2. The list of guest authors would be revealed soon
Featuring a wide collection of fiction, non-fiction, history, biographies, spiritual, children books, and many more, this book fair is not failing to keep the readers on their toes as they are offering heavy discounts on classics and second hand books.
But among the majority of these stalls there were some who had a completely different purpose of being at the fair. More than selling titles, they narrate a different story altogether.
Not often do we hear about Ahmadiyya literature among the mainstream readers. ‘Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’ is known for their progressive work in Islamic teachings. They have come to this book fair with a goal in mind, which is to give clarity to people about Islam, and interestingly, their publication doesn’t aim making money by selling books. They distribute it to people free of charge.
“There are many misconceptions about Islamic teachings. Through this initiative, we plan to make readers aware by giving them books for free,” says Mohammad Taj, who talks about world peace and says majority of people are unaware of the real teachings of Islam.
Publishers and distributers from different cities like Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan can be spotted at the book fair.
City people will get a chance to interact with renowned authors on March 2.
The list of guest authors would be revealed soon.
Delhi-based Pankaj is here with his library of 10,000 books. Widely known among bookworms in the national capital, he feels that it’s hard for him to just sell his books off as every book holds a special value in itself. “I want my books to reach the right hands.”
Pankaj receives every visitor at his stall warmly. In a sweet tone he starts to interact with them, and recommends the kind of book they can take from his collection.
“I have read all these books, and I want to read more. But I need to sell them, so that I can generate more capital,” says Pankaj, who’s quite surprised by the response of people at his book stall.
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