Mysore, May 29 (MTY&JP)-A literary feast, titled "Mysore Book Fair," organised by the National Book Trust (NBT), began at the Dasara Exhibition grounds here today. The Book Fair, which has more than 1.5 lakh titles in a variety of languages, was inaugurated by Mysore University Vice- Chancellor Prof. V.G. Talwar.

The Book Fair, organised in collaboration with Kannada Book Authority and Karnataka Exhibition Authority, will conclude on June 6.

The expo will be open to the public from 2 pm to 9 pm.

Speaking after inaugurating this unique book-lovers dream, the VC exhorted all the educational institutions in the City and neighbouring areas to make full use of this opportunity to replenish their libraries with informative and educational books.

"More readers are needed. The habit of reading makes a person more sensitive to society," said Prof. Talwar adding that "Knowledge attained through reading of books will stand the reader in good stead."

Rajesh Sachdeva, Director, CIIL here, who presided, said "Books are good friends which will never let one down." He decried the obsession of watching TV to the exclusion of everything else. "I suggest that in future instead of giving gifts for birthdays and such, make it a habit of giving books," he said.

Karnataka Exhibition Authority Chairman B.P. Manjunath was present along with Deputy Director of NBT Vijaypal.

More than 55 stalls by publishers from across the country have been put up and some of the leading publishers like Motilal Banarsidas, publishers of Indology books, are there as well as S. Chand, who began as educational publishers but who now bring out other scientific and legal books.

Then there is Krishnamurti Foundation of India (KFI) books stall and Sri Ramakrishna Ashram publications.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore