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    45th Chennai Book Fair 2022

    Every year for the last 45 years, Chennai city has hosted a mega book fair with nearly a thousand bookstalls selling all kind of books in Tamil and English.  My coverage of previous year’s visits is here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010. Check them, I have given extensive coverage with photographs of many of the books and the stalls exhibited each year. Last year 2021, I missed due to the pandemic. To compensate the loss, this year (2022) I visited three times on the same number of days, all the visits were during working days after lunch (1 PM to 5 PM) when there were less crowd. In this post, I will write…

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    43rd Chennai Book Fair 2020

    Chennai Book Fair is an annual pilgrimage for me: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010. For those who are not in Chennai and will miss out on the annual Chennai Book Fair, I would like to share this photoblog with nearly a hundred photos that I shot for your benefit. Hope you all get a feel of a virtual tour of the fair, since it is about books, I have focused on the book titles readable and not the shops and surroundings :-) [Disclaimer: By no means this coverage is comprehensive or the photos are my endorsement/liking. I have visited the stalls that caught my attention and took random…

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    Chennai Book Fair 2019

    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…

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    Chennai Book Fair 2018

    A visit and shopping spree to Chennai Book Fair is an annual event for me that I look forward to. And in last few years, it’s become a pilgrimage that I & my son undertake together. This year the travel to the venue became super convenient with the metro train line reaching there, the Pachayappa’s College station is right in front of the St.George School – the venue. Out of the total 35 books that we bought, most of it was selected by my son for his reading. The books we got on 11/Jan/2018: கூத்தப்பாக்கம் ரகுநாதாசார்யன்: ஸ்ரீ வைஷ்ணவ தத்துவங்களும், வாழ்க்கை முறையும் – தங்கத்தாமரை பதிப்பகம் ஆல்பெர் காம்யு: அந்நியன் – க்ரியா அந்த்லாண் து செந்த்…

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    Chennai Book Fair 2017

    It’s an important event in the calendar of everyone in Chennai, the biggest book fair in South India which is celebrating it’s 40th year- Chennai Book Fair 2017. This year it’s happening at the grounds of St.George School in Poonamallee High Road opposite to Pachaiyappa’s college, if you are coming by car you need to enter the grounds through the entrance in New Avadi Road due to Chennai Metro construction work. There were about 650 stalls overall with lots and lots of Tamil books, I went in the afternoon today and it was crowded – happy to see so many people coming and buying books. The following are the books I bought this time,…

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    Chennai Book Fair 2016

    This year (2016) due to Chennai floods in December, the annual book fair got postponed. It’s happening this week – June 1st to 13th 2016. I made my customary visit to the book fair today with my son. This year the book fair is happening in the spacious Island Grounds near Victory War Memorial where the annual trade fair happens in January & February of every year. The organizers have done a good job in terms of parking and stall arrangement this year, kudos to them. My deal to my 12 year old was I will gave him Rs.500 at once, he will buy books with that and then call me if he needed additional money which…

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    Chennai Book Fair 2015

    After the new year celebrations I eagerly look forward to that year’s Chennai Book Fair event that happens around Pongal. With all the online purchases of books I do, both paper and kindle, I expected this enthusiasm to taper off over the years, unexpectedly I am finding it only to grow. This year too I was excited and have visited the book fair twice in the first week itself.   These are the books that myself and son bought in these trips. தமிழ் ஒரு புளியமரத்தின் கதை – சுந்தர ராமசாமி, காலச்சுவடு பதிப்பகம் சப்தங்கள் – வைக்கம் முகம்மது, காலச்சுவடு பதிப்பகம் எங்க உப்பப்பாவுக்கொரு ஆனையிருந்தது – வைக்கம் முகம்மது பஷீர், காலச்சுவடு பதிப்பகம் புதிய எக்ஸைல் – சாரு நிவேதிதா, கிழக்கு பதிப்பகம் கதாவிலாசம்…

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    Chennai Book Fair 2014 – Visit 2

    My first visit to Chennai Book Fair 2014 was last week, you can read about it here. Today I went in around 11:30AM and came out after nearly 4 hours, within which time I was able to go through the remaining 5 rows of stalls I didn’t see last time. Today, I was joined by my friend Muthu Nedumaran (Malaysia) of Murasu Anjal fame. The books I purchased today were: Tamil பொன்னியின் செல்வன் (ஐந்து பாகங்களும்) – கல்கி, விகடன் பிரசுரம் ஒரு மனிதன் ஒரு வீடு ஒரு உலகம் – ஜெயகாந்தன், காலச்சுவடு பதிப்பகம் ஆகாயத் தாமரை – அசோகமித்திரன், நற்றிணை பதிப்பகம் அப்பாவின் சிநேகிதர் – அசோகமித்திரன், நற்றிணை பதிப்பகம் காலக்கண்ணாடி – அசோகமித்திரன், நற்றிணை பதிப்பகம் 18வது அட்சக்கோடு – அசோகமித்திரன், காலச்சுவடு பதிப்பகம் ஜெயமோகன் குறுநாவல்கள்…