Kolkata Book Fair 2013
I attended it for a short while, because it was my “souvenir shopping weekend” and I had bought many books already, so this post will give you just a general overview of what the most attended book fair in the world is like.
My co-workers warned me that it will be crowded, but I didn’t expect this:
I thought I’ll be able to find some good books about being vegetarian/vegan, but when I saw how the stalls were arranged, I changed my mind and decided to just walk around instead:
In this huge fair, everything is arranged by publishers, meaning that if you don’t know which company published the book that you need, you will have a very hard time finding it. Also, for the most part, the stands were in Hindi or Bengali, which is great for the locals, but not so much for foreigners. But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to see if you’re a foreigner.
Firstly, I saw the Tribute to Tagore:
Which had a big list of quotes:
Secondly, the Kolkata Police stall had things that I saw for the first time in real life:
And even though I didn’t plan on buying any books after I saw the arrangement of the stalls, I actually ended up getting a book for free. I got it from a group of Muslims who asked me for an opinion on their religion and gave an honest one:
Moral of the story: honesty is always the answer.