Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Book Bazaar resumes at Frere Hall in Karachi

Jumbo Editorial Team

May 8, 2011 could be described as another Red Letter Day in the annals of Karachi history as the Sunday Book Bazaar at the historic Frere Hall, also known as Bagh-e-Jinnah, was finally revived after a very long time.

The decision to resume the Sunday Book Bazaar at the Frere Hall was taken by the Community Development Department (CDD) of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) only a few days ago and it went to their credit to have managed it so swiftly and nicely in lightening quick time.

The Sunday Book Bazaar at the Frere Hall had become one of the most popular weekly events of the metropolis when it was closed down abruptly due to security reasons.

The resumption of the Sunday Book Bazaar has certainly gladdened the hearts of the bookworms of Karachi who would definitely go there in large numbers as the word continues to spread.

Not surprisingly there were not too many stalls under the giant tent on May 8 and there was not a big crowd either but there would certainly be more vendors and more buyers in the weeks to come because huge variety of books, ranging from subjects as varied as children’s activity books to classical literature would be up for the grabs at rates lower than the ones in the market.

Those booksellers having taken the trouble of setting up stalls and not generating enough sales due to the low turnout are expected to make up in the coming weeks when the number of visitors increase manifolds and the same old enthusiasm of the Sunday Book Bazaar is revived. It seems a matter of time now.

The CDGK, who provided stalls to the vendors free of cost on May 8, have already announced that the Book Bazaar will now be held on a weekly basis every Sunday. It will be an opportunity for a larger number of publishers and booksellers to display new and second-hand books on a variety of subjects at the bazaar.

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