Monday, October 24, 2011

Low turnout mars DHA Central Library’s Book Fair once more

Jumbo Editorial Team

The three-day Book Fair organized at the Central Library DHA, formerly known as the Defence Central Library (DCL), failed to attract the area people despite the efforts of the organizers and the event managers.

Although it was supposed to be the showpiece event in the three days of literary, educational and cultural activities held at the DCL to celebrate 20th Anniversary of its foundation from October 20 to 22, there was very thin attendance at the Book Fair as in the past.

History repeated itself as the inauguration ceremony remained lively and colourful but the intensity and buzz disappeared with the departure of the chief guest.

Originally, Sindh Culture Minister, Sassi Palijo, was to do the honours but in her absence the President of the First Women Bank, Shafqat Sultana, formally inaugurated the Book Fair on October 20.

There were around 20 stalls that awaited book-lovers to visit them but the number of people present there could easily be counted on fingers. The collection of the books on display was pretty decent but the area people continued to abstain from taking the trouble of coming over to the DCL even to have a look at them.

There were books on the subject of literature, philosophy, religion, social sciences besides a big variety of children’s activity books at highly rebated prices but not many people cared to avail the opportunity.

One of the participating booksellers, having vast experience in book trade, didn’t express any surprises at the extremely low turnout on all three days.

“There’s no element of surprise in it. We have become used to it here. The general public in this part of the city doesn’t look interested in it. We have had similar attendance in the past at this venue. It, however, provides an opportunity to touch base with institutions who are potential customers,’ he explained.

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