You should not allow people to buy books from you, remarked an elderly author. What if they wish to? I said. Let them buy from the publisher If they want, pat came his reply. ‘I don’t sell my books’ he emphasized but during his speech he spoke mainly about a particular novel of his strongly recommending people to read it !
Well in today’s scenario in Chennai when reputed book shops are shutting down their shutters for want of customers, avid readers are at a loss because they will not come to know of books recently published by authors and also not be aware as where they would be available. Except for the Madras Book Club and Prakriti Foundation which have book launches where authors speak about their books and if they are lucky manage to sell a few copies autographing them, we have none similar to them. However since these literary clubs are restricted to their members, there is no way other book lovers either come to know about latest books published or get an opportunity to meet the authors and interact with them. In such a scenario I feel authors are doing a great service to book lovers by acquainting them of the literary side of Chennai.
n.meera raghavendra rao