ICT Engineering – Gediminas

Practical placement in Kolkata, India

Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Kolkata Book Fair 2013

“How crowded is it?”

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:

The queue to Kolkata Book Fair 2013

The queue

Right after the entrance to the Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Right after the entrance

Inside the Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Inside the Book Fair

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:

One of the halls in the Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Hall 1

One of the halls in the Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Hall 2

One of the halls in the Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Hall 3

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:

Tribute to Tagore at Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Tribute to Tagore at Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Which had a big list of quotes:

Rabindranath Tagore quotes

Rabindranath Tagore quotes

Secondly, the Kolkata Police stall had things that I saw for the first time in real life:

Kolkata Police Stall at Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Kolkata Police Stall

Bomb Suit at Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Bomb Suit

Bomb Disarming Robot at Kolkata Book Fair 2013

Bomb Disarming Robot

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:

Follow Me by Syed Hamid Mohsin

“This will change your view on Islam…”

Moral of the story: honesty is always the answer.

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  1. Pratim Chakraborti on said:

    Hi gediminas, Hope you are keeping well. This post on the book fair, is very informative. You gave a view which is really noteworthy!!

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