The participants were in unanimous that the pandemic had severely affected the publication industry including the physical newspapers but at the same time it helped to increase the number of committed readers precisely among the new generation. They opined that the process of publication and marketing of Assamese books also reemerged with new approaches to the technology driven profession for the interest of valued readers.Inaugurating the session, Assam based senior publisher Nabin Baruah thoroughly described the hardship faced by the publication houses as the corona-pandemic hit the country in early March. He however opined that the disaster helped everyone to redefine his life in a tricky and isolated ambience. Many people could regain their habit of reading and many others join the group of committed readers irrespective of the paper-printed books or digital outlets, stated Baruah.
First, it was the rumour that newspapers carry the corona-virus which discouraged senior citizens to read their favourite papers and secondly most of the newsy contents now remain available in digital platforms on the previous day itself. Editors may have to change the approach to news for the survival of newspapers, was my observation.Guwahati Granthamela (30 December 2020 to 10 January 2021) attracted thousands of book lovers every day with its over 125 stalls where the entry was made free by the organizer, Asom Prakasan Parisad. The State-run publication board had to postpone the book fair because of political unrests in 2019 and also the pandemic in early this year. A number of literary discussions, book release functions and spectacular cultural evenings made the ambience enthralling.
Formally inaugurated by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s media adviser Hrishikesh Goswami in presence of noted intellectual Tathagata Roy, renowned litterateur Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi with other dignitaries the book fair brought desired reliefs to the publishers and delights to bookworms. The festival venue at Assam Engineering Institute playground in Chandmari locality of the city maintained necessary health protocols related to the corona-crisis. Representing CM Sonowal in the function, Goswami conveyed the goodwill to everyone commenting that books are the oasis in deserts which nurtures the intellectual and creative capacities of human beings. He also conferred Prakasan Parisad’s lifetime achievement award for 2019 carrying a citation, corsets, two lakh rupees check, etc on eminent Assamese scholar Dr Thaneswar Sarma in presence of all dignitaries.Former Governor of Tripura, Meghalaya & Arunachal Pradesh, Roy in his speech termed Assamese as a sweet language and expressed hope that the bonhomie between Assamese and Bengali people would continue in future too. A resident of West Bengal but familiar with the Assamese society, the outspoken author observed that the National Education Policy 2020 should immensely help in highlightinthe regional languages and their literature.Padmashri Thongshi, who is a resident of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, described various challenges surfaced due to the corona-pandemic. The Sahitya Academy awardee derived a positive note out of the pandemic with the increase of quality readers across the world. Thongshi expressed happiness that a collection of literary pieces including novels, short stories, folk tales, etc written in both Assamese and English by another Arunachali litterateur Lumber Dai was released in the function.A stall dedicated to the Bangladesh literature and another showcasing the Tibetan culture add colours to the book fair. The freedom movement led by exile Tibetans against the Communist regime in Beijing also comes alive in the stall which was opened by Tibetan support group leader RK Khrimey and managed by Buddha enthusiast Soumyadeep Datta.Its highlights included the message of Tibet being India’s real neighbour (not China) and probable devastations in the Brahmaputra with Beijing’s environmental intervention in the mineral rich land. Among various books, the creative pieces penned by young writers received satisfactory responses from the visitors at Granthamela. A number of reprinted Assamese books by Prakasan Parisad also enjoyed visible demands. Two important translation-works related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi were sold in large numbers. The Assamese version of Modi’s popular letters to his mother titled ‘Aailoi Chithi’ along with the translations of PM’s weekly radio program titled ‘Mon Ki Baat’ as ‘Mor Priya Deshbasi’ drew instant attentions of book lovers.“We are happy to witness the massive gathering of visitors at the book fair venue. The participating stalls have sold books for crores of rupees,” said Pramod Kalita, secretary to the publication board, which launched the book fair movement in early eighties initially in collaboration with National Book Trust of India, adding that the appreciation of book lovers encouraged the publication board to reprint many rare pieces as well as new creations involving the established as well as promising authors.
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Nava Thakuria, who serves as a special correspondent for The Seoul Times, is based in Guwahati of Northeast India. He also contributes articles for many media outlets based in different parts of the glove, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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