The 27th Hyderabad Book Fair was inaugurated on Friday at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road on 14th December 2012. The 11-day fair was formally opened by the lighting of the lamp by V Sunitha Laxma Reddy, Minister for Women’s Development and Child Welfare. This year there are 288 stalls, of which 150 are those dealing in English titles. Another 100 are regional language stalls, according to R Hanumantha Rao, president, Hyderabad Book Fair Society. The exhibition will be open from 2 p m to 9 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, it will be open from 12 noon and close at 9 p. m. The entry fee for the fair is kept at Rs 5.
The exhibition is on till December 25. This is the seventh year that the exhibition is being conducted at Necklace Road. Chukka Ramiah, MLC and educationist, suggested to publishers that they should bring out small books of 5-6 pages in simple language with a lot of pictures for children in the age group of 2-7 years. “Values can be instilled in children at an early age and there is no better way than doing it through books,” he said. He also advised the organisers to gather data on the types of books that are most liked by people. By doing so we would be able to gauge the mentality and nature of the present generation, he said.
Prof Mohammad Miyan, Vice Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, said, “There is a need to publish more general books and to translate Urdu to Telugu and vice-versa.” Minister Sunitha Laxma Reddy praised the organisers for conducting the fair and stressed the importance of reading books in the digital age. Dr A Chakrapani, Chairman, AP Legislative Council, recollected the days when he was a student and how libraries shaped his personality. He said that there was a decline in values and it was only through books that we could save our heritage and culture. He sought to know why the City library could not be conferred the status of a national library.