Lucknow: Since its inception in 2003, The Lucknow Book Fair has been a permanent feature in the city which has regaled book lovers and the academic-oriented equally. With the city eventually coming out of the darker times of COVID – 19, the Book Fair organizers have recast their strategy to ensure that all COVID protocols are followed as book lovers turn up at the Bal Sangrahalaya Lawn for a ten-day book fest which this year is happening based on the theme Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Addressing a press conference at the Sheroes Hangout as a run-up to the event, the Convenor of the Lucknow Book Fair, Manoj Singh Chandel said, “after a one and a half year-long gap the fair is back. It is even more important because the Book trade suffered a huge loss of nearly 26 crores. A huge 80% of the books are educational books. The fair has been easier now to organize because central and state governments have eased norms for organizing the events across the board.”
Manoj said, ” books can never be replaced by anything. The beauty of literature is that even after a ten-day run, there are still book lovers and thinkers who want more of a grand literary congregation like that of the Lucknow Book Fair. The youth of today are even more interested in reading, writing and expressing through different media which is a healthy sign.”
The Honorable Deputy CM, Dr. Dinesh Sharma will be inaugurating the Lucknow Book Fair. This year the Lucknow Book Fair will strictly follow the policy of No mask, no Entry and sanitization policy. The entry is free and a 10% discount will be given to book lovers. Director Aakarsh Chandel talked about the never-ending benefits of the books in the virtual world.
Mission leader of Opti Kumbh 21, Rishabh Rastogi said this time the Bookfair will have a special segment dedicated to eye care and testing. He said eye checks and care become important because eye problems lead to a 37 billion dollar loss. There is need for greater opportunities for Indian manufacturers who create Indian frames, mostly acetate frames. Issues during the spring season are common, with the percentage of glaucoma and cataract cases high. A special ophthalmologist will be on call for a session where a Q&A will happen.
Alok Paradkar who is organizing the writers meetup said that after a long time this cross-exchange of literary works has been made possible with COVID easing out. The popularity of the Book Fair is not hidden from anyone. Books definitely become a good way of connecting with people and experiencing a different world through words.
A do-gooder in every sense of the term who is part of the Kiran Foundation, Jyoti Kiran during the conference said that since children need to be kept safe, the online events will continue through channels like what happened previously. We are hopeful that people of all strata especially women will get to connect.
Summing up, the idea behind this post-COVID Book Fair will be to have quality book releases, Meet the writer sessions, Poetry sessions, quiz, cultural activities and varied events that quench the creative want of people. The Associates of the Lucknow Book Fair are Prasar Bharti – AIR, Radio City, Motilal Memorial Society, Vijay studio, organic India, Kiran Foundation, join Hand Foundation, origins, Safe Express, Vishwam Foundation, Jakson, Samagra, Star technologies and Chocamore.