The Book Fair which has taken birth in the year 1985 is 33 years old now with a lot of fanfare.
The book lovers that visit the fair has been on the rise since the last four years, the reason being it had conducted in a very big area i.e. at Telangana Kala Bharathi Grounds (NTR Stadium). Last year the headcount that visited the fair was at 10 lakhs. The management is making the visit to fair a very interesting one, especially for children, with the added attraction of various cultural & literacy programs for them viz. Bala Kavi Sammelan, fancy dress competition, storytelling, puppet show, dancing, singing and painting competitions, etc.
In the early years, the Book Fair had held in Central Library, and later on the campuses of different colleges in the city. However, for the last four years, the book fair has been more visible & talk of the town and has been a favorite place for many literary lovers. The Telangana Kala Bharathi has a lot of parking place and this could be counted as one of the main reasons for a lot of footfall for the fair.
This year the fair will have 330 stalls which are a feast for the visitors and a single day visit may not fill the thirst of the visitors. Writers, poets, publishers from different states are establishing their stalls, making available a variety of literary works. Books of different languages will be available to meet the likes of people. We can find many rare editions of publications from the fair with some patience and inquiry at the stalls.
The management of the fair is graceful and made the entry “free” for small children and students. For others the entry fee is Rs. 10/- per head and it is open from 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm on weekdays and from 12.30 pm to 9.00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It may be very difficult for anyone to resist themselves from purchasing a book.