The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Calcutta Column

Foul weather for hosting a fair

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.

Staple fare

Some banks in the city still issue stapled currency notes to customers in spite of regular advertisements on TV asking them not to do so. A better solution to prevent mutilation of currency notes would be to advise customers not to accept stapled bundles. Notices in this regard can be put up at the banks.

Md Moinuddin, Jamadar Khan Lane.

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