Soaking in the election fervour, a book fair in Maniktala has been themed around the upcoming polls with decorative wall graffiti, dedicated stalls with political literature and a display of cakes themed around political symbols.
At Bidhan Sishu Udyan, the book fair organised by Publishers and Booksellers Guild and Dr BC Roy Memorial Committee is focussed on creating poll awareness and spreading the message of harmony as they showcase sanitisers of three prominent poll colours — red, green and saffron — to welcome visitors and then guide them to placards and banners saying — ‘Boi chinhe vote din’ (cast your vote in favour of book symbol).
“This book fair is a humble attempt from our end to create awareness among kids and adults on the upcoming election as well as on the habit of reading. We are also using the platform to form an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood by keeping literature and goodies of all parties on the same table. We are striving to pass on the message that the election should be peaceful and fair,” said Gautam Talukdar, secretary, Bidhan Sishu Udyan.
True to its claims, one of the biggest stalls in the book fair is indeed dedicated to books on politics, biography of politicians, past election results and manifestos of all major parties contesting this year’s election. The cakes even have the logo and design of new entrant ISF (Indian Secular Front) along with the top four parties.
“It has turned out to be an extremely interesting fair with a lot more than only books. I even asked the organisers if I can buy some cakes of my choice but they said they are only for display,” said Sayantani Pathak, who was at the fair with her son Subhadeep (10) while returning from a nearby cricket coaching camp.
With 50 odd book stalls inside the fair, there were also some serious book lovers who were trying to make up for the missed Kolkata International Book Fair this year. “I am a regular visitor to book fairs across the city. Almost all major publishers have their stalls here along with a number of smaller publications. I bought a few books and will be back again for more,” said Abhijit Das (70), a Phoolbagan resident.
The general elections in Bengal this year is scheduled to start from March 27 and is set to stretch till April 29 in what is going to be the lengthiest state election in Bengal spread over eight phases.
“At the book fair that is set to continue till March 14, our attempt will be to enlighten the visitors about the voting rights, voting dates in different constituencies and also create an atmosphere where kids don’t get disillusioned hearing poll catch lines like “Khela hobe” and “Brigade e -Tumpa”, said Talukdar.
Source : TimesofIndia