I find it strange that on one side we find new authors making their foray into writing fiction, non fiction and verse and on the other side leading book stores on the verge of closing down are offering heavy discounts on books by authors of repute. It is certainly a sad state of affairs that we are witnessing in a city known for its intellectual and cultural activities. I recall during our visit to Vancouver the American lady I met at the hotel we stayed in remarked , ‘Oh, you come from Madras, is it? Then you must be very intelligent.’ Wondering how she had got that impression, I asked her what she knew about this South Indian capital.
‘Oh, I happened to meet quite a few Indians and was happy to see people from south spoke English very well unlike people from the North India,’ she averred.
I remember whenever the latest book on Harry Potter…by J.K.Rowling hit the stands, children queued up at Landmark early in the morning to pick up a copy and be the first to finish reading it. Now I wonder with one book store after another downing its shutters , children are sure to miss the excitement of buying a physical book. Probably the entry of E-books with gadgets to facilitate their reading is responsible for the gradual closing down of even large book stores. However, the positive side of it is, parents will find it a blessing when they realize it would be simpler for them to buy the gadget and not having to drive their wards all the way to the book store wading through chaotic city traffic!
n.meera raghavendra rao