Sunday, November 21, 2010
Visit to Bangalore book festival 2010
I got an opportunity to visit to "Bangalore Book festival 2010"(ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಪುಸ್ತಕೋತ್ಸವ ೨೦೧೦) on last saturday i.e.13th Nov.It is being held in Bangalore Palace grounds.
This is one of the third largest Book festival in India. Other two are of Delhi and Kolkata.
I went simply to have a look & had no intention of buying books as I went out from my home as I had some other works..Compared to last year this year entrance itself was not good..I had to ask couple of people to find out the entrance itself althought its a largest book fair in Karnataka.
But as we know "Taste of Coffe is more important than a glass"..i.e. ಸತ್ವ ಮುಖ್ಯ, ಹೊರನೋಟ ಅಲ್ಲ .
I could not complete to view all stalls itself..For Kannada itself there were more than 100 stalls were there.Imagine how many stalls might have been set up for different languages. Entrance fee was Rs20.For students it was free..!
I met one of my old friend who was working as a branch manager in one of the public sector bank, who is now serving in one of the organization after VRS. He took me to lunch..We recalled our olden days, about other old colleagues who were working with us & discussed various topics.He made an interesting point: In European countries News papers are under threat as most of them are reading news on Mobile screen itself.
One thing was clear : ಪುಸ್ತಕಕ್ಕೆ ಸಾವಿಲ್ಲ , Books never die.
When I came out I had purchased more than 10 books to my surprise.
Bangalore Book festival will close its curtains at 8PM today for this year. See you next year, Bangalore book festival :-)