“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library” ~ Jorge Luis Borges
If you are my kind who agrees with this quote and can’t resist any opportunity to get the hands-on large collection of books then you can check out this on-going event in the backdrop of Kochi backwaters.
True to the punch line of the event it is raining “Knowledge, Reasoning, and Enlightenment” in the Queen of Arabian Sea this week. The ongoing event “KRITHI 2018” is International Book Fair being conducted from 1st to 11th March 2018. The event is organized by Sahitya Pravarthaka CS Limited in collaboration with the Government of Kerala. The fair has about 106 stalls of which 89 are dedicated to books alone. Other stalls include stores of Co-operative departments, Kerala Tourism, Muzris Heritage Project, and many more. Truckloads of books spread across six long bays are a feast for any reader. You don’t need to carry cash too as most stores accept card and offer discounts as well. My favorite segment is English fiction and this time I laid hands on Indian fiction – Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair and That’s the way we met by Sudeep Nagarkar and some comics for my daughter. Apart from tons of attraction in form of books, there is a caricature corner and photo display area too which is adorned by pictures of some of the well-known gems in Indian literature. This event is recommended for anyone who loves reading – individuals, groups, families, schools and anyone who is addicted to stories.
Another attraction is the adjoining local food fest which serves local delicacies like kappa, fish in banana leaf wrap, grilled fish, clams meat, beef fry, chicken curry, meals, Rameshwaram idli (steamed flat idli), iracchi choru (a Malabar delicacy), juices, ice-creams, and more.
And after you are done, you can also take a stroll through the marine drive or simply sit there and enjoy the cool breeze flowing through the backwaters.
The Genre of Books Showcased
The book fair has a wide genre of books both in English and Malayalam. It includes:
- Mystery & Horror
Some of the well-known names in publishing industry participating in the event include Sage Publishers, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Mc Graw Hill, Scholastic India, Amar Chitra Katha, DC Books, Mathrubhoomi, Malayala Manorama, OSHO Glimpse, Current Books, and many more.
The international book fair is taking place at Shanmukham Road, Marine Drive, Kochi.
The event has already begun and ends by 11th of March 2018.
- International Festival of Books and Authors 2018 from 6th to 10th of March 2018, at Bolgatty Palace, Kochi