A district-level writers’ get-together and book releases marked the second day of the book fair jointly organized by Dindigul District Administration and Dindigul Ilakkiya Kalam at the grounds of Dudley Upper Secondary School on Friday.
The meeting was chaired by P. Govindaraj or writers like Varada. Rajamanickam, President of Tamil Nadu Murpoku Ezhuthalar Kalaignar Sangam, Poet Sundara Soman and P. Ilango, Deputy Director of Tamil Development Department. honored the occasion
Kalam Suresh written by ‘Kadalil Irundhu Sila Thuligal’ came out on this occasion with a book titled ‘Thanneer Yaarukku Sondham’ by J. Balabaskar.
Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi N. Siva who spoke on the topic “Eppadi Irukum Edhirkaalam” encouraged parents to raise good children for the future instead of focusing on creating a good future for them. He also told some short stories and stressed the importance of reading books that have the power to change a life.
“The reception is greater than we expected and we expect attendance to increase over the weekend. We have planned to host school children visiting the fair,” said R. Manoharan, President of Dindigul Ilakiya Kalam. Noting that the habit of reading is on the rise, collector S. Visakan said the public, especially students, should enjoy the fair. He also said piggy banks would be distributed to encourage students to save money to buy books.
The fair opened on Thursday by Madras High Court Judge, Justice S. Srimathy with the collector, features more than 120 stalls offering bargain books. Justice Srimathy in her address shared her long list of books and authors she loved to read since childhood and said that one can infer different thoughts and ideas from the same book if it is read again after some years.
Chief Judicial Magistrate J. Mohana, Senior District Judge VR Latha, Additional Collector C. Dinesh Kumar, Superintendent of Police V. Baskaran, District Tax Officer V. Latha and others were present.
Elambahavath as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) for his program “Illam Thedi Kalvi” and Bava Chelladurai are due to give special lectures on motivation and storytelling respectively on Saturday.