| A girl browses through a book at Patna Book Fair on Sunday. Picture by Rohan Kumar |
Patna, Dec. 19: Books are not only meant for providing comic relief. They are not just sources of information and knowledge. They can often be a source for motivation, at times in disguise, and at other times, through books that deal with the subject directly.
Hundreds of motivational and inspirational books are available at the ongoing Patna Book Fair at Gandhi Maidan.
“If one thinks that the book fair is all about books on education and literature, they must re-think. Patnaites are loving the motivational, inspirational and self-help books as well. Our stall, which has many such books, has been thronged by people from all age groups. They are picking up the books that they believe would change their lives,” said Omkar Sharma, a salesman at Aun Book Company.
There are books to promise mantras to riches, positive thinking, leadership qualities, stress management, success and even a rocking love life. Love Guru by M.K. Majumdaar is one such book available at Manjul Publication Stall, which is drawing a lot of buyers, mostly youngsters. Priced at Rs 125, the glossy cover, coloured pink — the colour of romance — is selling like hot cakes.
Ramashankar, the stall owner, said: “We have sold at least 100 copies of the book, which offers tips on dating and love life. The starry-eyed youngsters buy these books and are recommending their friends who also come specially asking for these books.”
But it’s not only tips on love that have caught the fancy of the youngsters, the tried and trusted formula of writers like Shiv Khera and Arindam Chaudhuri are as popular. “There is also a huge demand for books like Jeet Apki and Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch,” Ramashankar added.
Some books with foreign titles are also doing well at the fair. They include The Masterkey to Riches by Napoleon Hill, Developing the Leaders Around You by John C. Maxwell, The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, The Magic of Thinking Success by David J. Schwartz. You Are Born to Blossom by A.P.J. Abul Kalam and Arun Kumar Tiwari is also immensely popular.
“These books are in high demand because they promise to usher a lot of changes in a person’s life. They promise to change a person’s attitude towards situations and gives various tips on handling them. They are like those moon-promising advertisements that give hopes to lift one’s life and spirits. I do not know whether they work in the long run but at least they help the reader temporarily by developing a different kind of attitude to perceive and handle the situation,” said Ajay Kumar of Kitabghar Publication stall, where there are several books on the subject.
Readers, on the other hand, offered a pragmatic opinion on being asked how seriously they take such books. “I understand that ultimately it’s a man himself who can change or improve his destiny. However, sometimes books work as an igniting agent. I, therefore, want my kids to read these books so that they start thinking in broader way,” said Manoj Sinha, who was seen buying Kick Your Excuse Goodbye.