The Book Fair, as the name suggests, is all about books and the quest for knowledge. It is held every year in Kolkata in the winter months of January-February. Thousands visit the fair every year to scan through their favourite books. Though books are available across the state and country, a book fair enables mingling of cultures and brings about unison and harmony in society.
A book fair is always an attraction for book lovers across the globe. Hopping around for books and finally purchasing some of the favourite ones with some attractive discounts is always welcoming. The Book Fair is organized by the ‘Book Sellers and Publishers Guild’. Throngs of people are seen visiting the Book Fair every year in Kolkata. Some college students bring along musical instruments and sit in groups singing songs in the open air. It binds the people across the world by one common thought and medium, i.e., literature and books. Literature gives a new perspective to people with different mindsets. There are also a few authors who visit the fair every year and surprisingly my favourite author Mark Manson had visited the fair last year as during that time he was in India for his charity work. The presence of such remarkable authors draw swarms of crowds from across the city to the fair.
The fair has gained immense popularity and success over the years. Book fairs are not only held in Kolkata but all across the country and globe as well. The same is being held at other places across the globe as well as in India and is slowly gaining popularity among the masses. But the Book Fair at Kolkata still stands out to be the most popular and has opened up new horizons and dimensions for masses and the literary community. West Bengal is considered to be the seat of wisdom and culture; and the success of the Book Fair at Kolkata substantiates this statement.
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