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Learning moves with times at Ranchi fair

- Pen drives and CDs jostle for shelf space with books

It’s a book fair that has moved beyond books and no one is complaining.

CDs, DVDs and pen drives are selling like hot cakes at the ongoing 10th National Book Fair in Ranchi, though books are not being given the miss either.

Though the fair at the Zilla School grounds started off on a muted note, it witnessed a sea of visitors on Sunday. And hordes could be seen thronging the kiosk selling music CDs, starting at Rs 99 each and with a 20 per cent discount.

There was something for everyone, especially those with a penchant for classical fare.

“I have never come across such a huge collection of CDs and videos. I am interested in classical music and this is the right place to pick up lots for cheap,” said government employee Mithilesh Singh.

Stacked with more than 5,000 CDs, DVDs and cassettes, the kiosk owned by Bhopal’s Sanket Rohit, is a treasure trove of children’s literature as well and has enough and more on offer as far as lifestyle is concerned, whether its yoga, cookery or feng shui.

“The response has been beyond our wildest expectation, as visitors are picking up CDs they will not find elsewhere,” said an elated Rohit.

Fair organiser Chandra Bhushan too appeared a satisfied man, expressing his appreciation for all 58 publishers who had put up stalls.

Priced between Rs 699 and Rs 1,099, some of the pen drives contain an entire syllabus, broken up subject-wise. “These pen drives are apt for revising for both CBSE and ICSE exams,” said Class X student of DAV-Bariatu, Akansha Singh.

The fair will remain open from 11am to 8am till December 9. The fair has been organised by Samay India and Pustak Mela Samiti, New Delhi.

There are 130 kiosks in the fair selling books for children and novels of Hindi writers, among others.