Sahitya Akademi winning writer and former MP of Berhampur, Anadi Sahu inaugurated the book fair in the presence of local MLA, R.C.C. Patnaik. Over 60 book sellers and publishers are taking part in this book fair. It may be noted that two book fairs are organised in the city every year. The president of the organising committee of the book fair, Alekh Choudhury said through this book fair they were trying to promote Oriya literature among the young new generation. So, in this book fair there was extra stress on Oriya publications. Few decades ago Berhampur happened to be a major centre of publication of literature in the State. Mr. Patnaik urged the publishers of the city and its literary activists to bring back that old glory to the city.
Mr. Sahu said despite advent of modern means of communication and entertainment; books remain the best mode of mental exercise. He languished that the parents were not promoting reading habit among the children as a result of which a large section of new generation is thinking reading is related to text books only. He urged the parents to make their children feel that reading can be more entertaining than watching television as reading provides scope for mental imaging while reading. In contrast while watching a visual medium a child gets little scope to think of anything else other than the producers’ visualisation of a subject.
Source: The Hindu