The nine-day-long National Book Fair held in the city in early September after a gap of 30 years failed to pull in the crowds. Though the fair was held with great fanfare — inaugurated by union minister Murli Manohar Joshi and advertisements splashing the event in the print media — Calcuttans, strangely, decided to skip it. Visiting the fair one evening, I was astonished to find the stalls almost empty. The salespersons, sitting idle from 11 in the morning, looked bored and tired. The Pujas could be a reason, but the organisers need to probe this before wasting their resources on another such fair.
Prantik Sanyal, SP Mukherjee Road.