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In pictures: A tour of the International Kolkata Book Fair with Suman Ghosh

The National Award-winning director walks My Kolkata through the largest non-trade book fair on the planet

By Priyam Marik | Published 05.03.22, 02:48 PM
1/13 Suman Ghosh with his book ‘Soumitra Chatterjee: A Filmmaker Remembers’ published by Om Books International at the Children Book Centre stall of the 2022 International Kolkata Book Fair

Suman Ghosh with his book ‘Soumitra Chatterjee: A Filmmaker Remembers’ published by Om Books International at the Children Book Centre stall of the 2022 International Kolkata Book Fair

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2/13 Ghosh leafs through Kunal Basu’s ‘An Ideal World’ at The Oxford Bookstore stall in Hall 2. 'Is this the latest book by him?' Ghosh enquires before adding that Basu ‘is someone I really admire. I wish to have a proper conversation with him sometime soon’

Ghosh leafs through Kunal Basu’s ‘An Ideal World’ at The Oxford Bookstore stall in Hall 2. 'Is this the latest book by him?' Ghosh enquires before adding that Basu ‘is someone I really admire. I wish to have a proper conversation with him sometime soon’

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3/13 As usual, The Oxford Bookstore stall is among the most crowded hubs at the book fair

As usual, The Oxford Bookstore stall is among the most crowded hubs at the book fair

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4/13 Some of the best non-fiction works on India’s greatest leaders. Ghosh, in particular, is intrigued by the collection of books on Gandhi’s assassination

Some of the best non-fiction works on India’s greatest leaders. Ghosh, in particular, is intrigued by the collection of books on Gandhi’s assassination

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5/13 Ghosh finally gets the book he is looking for — 'The Murderer, The Monarch and the Fakir: A New Investigation of Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassination'. He also takes home Fareed Zakaria’s 'Ten Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World' and 'The Aleph' by Jorge Luis Borges, one of his all-time favourite authors

Ghosh finally gets the book he is looking for — 'The Murderer, The Monarch and the Fakir: A New Investigation of Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassination'. He also takes home Fareed Zakaria’s 'Ten Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World' and 'The Aleph' by Jorge Luis Borges, one of his all-time favourite authors

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6/13 ‘I never thought I’d have my own book at the Book Fair someday. Writing this book on Soumitra kaku was a therapeutic experience,’ observes Ghosh

‘I never thought I’d have my own book at the Book Fair someday. Writing this book on Soumitra kaku was a therapeutic experience,’ observes Ghosh

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7/13 The view inside the spacious Starmark stall in Hall 2, not quite jam-packed, but with a steadily  building crowd on Friday afternoon

The view inside the spacious Starmark stall in Hall 2, not quite jam-packed, but with a steadily building crowd on Friday afternoon

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8/13 An assortment of some of the finest fiction by writers from the sub-continent, including 'Waiting for the Mahatma' by R.K. Narayan, which Ghosh describes as a ‘remarkable book’

An assortment of some of the finest fiction by writers from the sub-continent, including 'Waiting for the Mahatma' by R.K. Narayan, which Ghosh describes as a ‘remarkable book’

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9/13 Ghosh outside Children Book Centre, one of three stalls in Hall 2 where his book on Soumitra Chatterjee is available

Ghosh outside Children Book Centre, one of three stalls in Hall 2 where his book on Soumitra Chatterjee is available

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10/13 Ghosh attempts to look for an English translation of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Purba-Paschim for his wife, but ends up finding the original Bengali version instead

Ghosh attempts to look for an English translation of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Purba-Paschim for his wife, but ends up finding the original Bengali version instead

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11/13 The Boi Mela crowd begins to swell as the afternoon lengthens at the start of the weekend

The Boi Mela crowd begins to swell as the afternoon lengthens at the start of the weekend

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12/13 The entrance to the Bangladesh stall, the focal point of the 45th edition of the Book Fair, which celebrates the completion of five decades of Bangladesh's liberation as part of this year's theme

The entrance to the Bangladesh stall, the focal point of the 45th edition of the Book Fair, which celebrates the completion of five decades of Bangladesh's liberation as part of this year's theme

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13/13 Ghosh spends most of his time in the Bangladesh stall looking for an authoritative biography on Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Ghosh spends most of his time in the Bangladesh stall looking for an authoritative biography on Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

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