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Time to bond with books

Sambalpur, Jan. 16: The ongoing Sambalpur Book Fair has transformed the Gangadhar Meher College ground here into a bookworms’ paradise. Several books on literature, science, technology, law, religion and other subjects are attracting people of all ages.

Publishers, distributors and booksellers from across the state and outside are taking part in the fair being organised by a city-based intellectual group for the 15th year.

Organising committee member, Sukant Kar said 138 kiosks have been set up. In addition, there are three kiosks for refreshments and snacks.

Some of the reputed publishers at the fair include National Book Trust, Sahitya Academy (Kendra), Odisha Sahitya Academy, A.K. Mishra Agency and Kanak distributors, among others.

College student Harapriya Rath said: “I have come with my friends to search for books of my favourite authors, Paulo Coelho and Sidney Sheldon. I would also love to read books by celebrated Odia writers such as Fakir Mohan Senapati and Gangadhar Meher.”

The other attractions of the book fair are the seminars that are organised every evening. “The seminars expose us to several crucial issues and we get the opportunity to listen to eminent personalities,” said Shanti Snigdha Mohanty, a visitor. The fair concludes on January 22.