Close on the heels of the Music extravaganza feasted by Chennaiites comes the ‘Literary season’ providing food for thought to potential writers, seasoned writers and most important, avid readers who provide the impetus for the former two to soldier on. Quite understandably the audience comprising a mix of reputed authors, playwrights and students of journalism eagerly looked forward to the session:‘Making Waves: How to Create an Impact as an Author’ to be an inspiring one but it turned out to be a damp squib with no unanimity expressed on the topic discussed. Probably it would have been better if an author of qualitative books with no high connections had been included in the panel to offer his/her views about promoting and marketing his/her book. So would have been the inclusion of a publisher to make the discussion more meaningful and useful to the audience.
It’s heartening to see The Chennai Book Fair which is on, continues to draw crowds, both literary and non literary. Despite online purchase of books and other products with a marginal discount, it’s nothing like seeing and opening a book physically and running through its contents before picking it up.
Long live book fairs and literary interests of Chennaiites.
n.meera raghavendra rao