Chennai Book Fair is an annual pilgrimage for me. Every year I buy several dozen books, last year (2018) I bought over 35 books, but this year I purchased only four books as in year past (2018) I have been buying books on a regular basis mostly from Amazon India including Tamil books.
I liked last year’s venue at St.George School as I was able to travel by metro train, the station was right in front of the venue. This year’s venue at YMCA Nandanam too was close to a Metro station, but not convenient for me, as I live within 3 kilometers and by metro it will be 5-6 stops.
The first two books (1. Life in the Victorian Age and 2. Eating for Good Health) are by Reader’s Digest, each was ₹100 and I got them based on recommendation by my friend Shan Karuppusamy. I wish to read the third book titled “பெரியார் இன்றும் என்றும்” by விடியல் பதிப்பகம் to know firsthand about the man who has had (continue to have) a profound impact on Tamil Nadu for decades and at ₹450 (after discount) it was a great value for a hardbound with nearly 1000 pages. The fourth book was “சர்க்யுட் தமிழன்” by ஆயிஷா இரா நடராசன் – apart from Writer Sujatha, I haven’t read Science Fiction in Tamil, so curious to see how this one will be.