Barak Book Fair kicks off

Silchar, Nov 18: The book lovers in the city are in fora treat as the eight-day long Barak Book Fair, organized by Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya-o-Sanskriti Sammelan, was inaugurated by Somnath Dasgupta, vice chancellor of Assam University, here at Bipin Chandra Ground this evening.
Over 50 publishing houses from all over the country have set up their stalls with diverse publications on varied subjects of interest to the students, academicians aswell as general book lovers.
While speaking on the occasion, Dasgupta said that there was no substitute of books. He added to say that reading books not only enhanced the knowledge of an individual but also his intellectual thoughts.
He pointed out that it wasnecessary to read books in the mother tongue. Citing examples of various countries, he said that people of other countries translated greatbooks into their languageso that they could easily read it.
Dasgupta also dwelt on the various aspects of a book fair. He said reading books was the habits of the Bengali community.
Debasish Chakraborty, additional deputy commissioner, said that book was the best gift which can be presented to someone. According to him, books are the fuels for education. "Knowledge has no boundand if anyone wants to acquire it, he has to read books," he opined.
After the book fair in Silchar which will continue till November 25, similar kind of fairs will be held in Hailakandi from November 27 to December 2 and in Karimganj from December4 to December 9 under the aegis of the Sammelan.
There was a wide variety books to choose from at the book stalls: Bengali and English literature, children's books. Among the other books were novels, poetry, prose, religious history books, travelogue, art, literature and encyclopedias.
Moreover, literary discourses, seminars and cultural programmes are scheduled to be held every day at the ongoing the fair.
Among others who spoke on the occasion included, Nitish Bhattacharjee, president, Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya-o-Sanskriti Sammelan central committee, Dipak Sengupta, secretary of Sammelan's Cachar district committee.
The inaugural ceremony began with a song Aaguner Porosh Moni sung by journalist Biswaraj Bhattacharjee. (SentinelAssam)

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