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World Book Day observed

Guwahati; April 23: Poets recited their verses, publishers talked about the present scenario of Assamese literature and book lovers paid rich tributes to Gabriel Garcia Marquez while observing World Book Day here today.

Unesco observes World Book Day every year on April 23 to promote reading and publishing.

Ganesh Nath, proprietor of Aank Baak, a publishing house and organiser of the programme, said although Unesco has been celebrating the day as World Book Day since 1995, some other countries started celebrating it 90 years back.

“Our state has joined the celebrations after 90 years,” Nath said.

It was Aank Baak who celebrated the day for the first time in the state in 2011.

Nath compared the present scenario of Assamese literature with undercurrent of a river.

“It seems that everything is alright with the Assamese literature as more and more books are being published every year. But when we publishers talk with each other, we know that everything is not all right. Authors are writing books but there is no criticism and recognition for good work,” he said.

“There is no excitement in Assamese literature now. Except the book written by Apurba Sarma, no short story could thrill me in the last 10 years,” Nath said.

Poet Sananta Tanti recited a few of his poems beginning with one Moi Maobadi Hobo Bisaru (I want to be a Maoist) narrating how a person identifies himself with Maoist ideologies. The poet got emotional when he recited the poem Sunayanoar Jonmodin (Birthday of Sunayana). Nilim Kumar and Saurav Saikia were other poets who also recited their poems.

Critic Manoj Sarma talked about Marquez’s books and different aspects of literature.

Nath said they had decided to felicitate two persons for their contribution to literature and popularity of books.

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