… is what I’d call it!
Over 650 stalls under one roof, good arrangement of drinking water, tea/coffee counters for the floating public and polite folks at the counter made it one good experience.
Having ingested a heavy Pongal feast, my co-sis and I set out with the only aim of walking around the stalls. The M-I-L had placed a request for 3 books besides which I thought I’d pick up one or two books for the kids. Vyas had already earned a bounty from thatha and appa a few days back . Anything more was only going to be a bonus:)
We kept our promise and returned home with just these:
Met another parent at the Tulika stall who was also a fan of ‘A Silly Story of Bondapalli’ and Ekki-Dokki (I bought a copy of these again as gifts for another friend’s kid):) While we exchanged notes on what our children liked to read, we completely overlooked introducing ourselves:( Ne’er mind. At the next stall/fair perhaps! Ulagam is urundai– Greek for World is small.
I thought there was going to be a stall from Pratham Books, and was slightly disappointed at not finding them there:(
From a couple of other publications:
I liked the title of this book and just picked it up at whim. Vyas’s first copy of Hardy Boys. He is yet to open the book. Not sure if he is ready for it yet…
The co-sis who always likes an overdose of bhakthi picked up these.
These, the nice DILs picked up for the MIL- Pongal gift:)
And this was for a friend on request and the whole package came at Rs.600/-. It includes Ponniyin Selvan, Sivagamiyin Sabadham, Alai Osai and Parthiban Kanavu. Am told that this is a super deal. What do you think?
The most crowded stalls were those of Alliance, Higginbothams, Kizhakku Pathipagam, Vaanathi, Vikatan, Century Book House, another one of Sujatha’s and couple of others. People were swarming the kids stalls more than others. MIL’s request for Saavi’s Vazhi Pokkan was not found anywhere. In fact every stall other than Alliance had only ‘Washington-il Thirumanam’! (All the non-Tamizh reading junta, please forgive for a post interspersed with French and Latin) At least to me, it is that and picked these books just by the title/cover🙂
What I liked about the whole (af)fair though was the sight of people pouring in like ants to see/buy books! Long live BLACK AND WHITE READING!