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Swamiji to rule book fair

Swami Vivekananda will be the talk of the town this year for 10-days starting November 23.

The 28th edition of the Jamshedpur Book Fair, arguably one of the most sought-after events in the city’s calendar, will raise a toast to Swami Vivekananda and his works.

The event, to be organised by Tagore Society on the usual Rabindra Bhavan ground, will see 72 kiosks being set up, all of which would primarily showcase the works of Vivekananda in various languages like Gurmukhi, Odiya, Santhali, English, Hindi and Bengali.

The organisers said the emphasis this year would be on quality rather than quantity with the society trying to match the standards of other book fairs in metropolitan centres by hosting a slew of events such as seminars on literature and inter-school competitions during the 10-day event.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Ashis Chowdhury, the secretary of Tagore Society said the fair was an attempt to spread word about the Vedanta philosophy of Vivekananda.

“We will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda this year with a host of cultural events and seminars, besides the usual book fair,” Chowdhury said.

He added that noted Bengali writer Mani Shankar Mukherjee, better known Shankar, would inaugurate the event.

“The book fair is organised with the twin motives of promoting the habit of reading among the masses and giving book lovers a wide array of choices. Our main focus would be students because the fair over the years has been known to offer test papers for board examinations besides a large number of books on literature,” Chowdhury said.

The seminars for the event are scheduled to be held on November 28 and 29.