I managed to catch the last day of the Bangalore Book Festival 2006 - I was surprised to see the number of people thronging the fair! It was truly a family affair - and we bought nearly a dozen books ranging from spiritual to tech to comics to Sherlock Holmes :). I'm glad we visited the fair in the afternoon because, judging by the size of the audience, this place would have been suffocating in the peak evening time.
It was nice to see that the habit of reading real books hasn't been lost and hasn't been overtaken by the ubiquitous internet. And it was good to see a wide range of books (from a never-ending list of book vendors) other than the usual copies of Paulo Coelho and Mein Kampf. The disappointing thing was that most of the vendors were generic - everyone catered to everyone's needs, and in turn, there were no books for specialized audiences - whatever happened to art books, or medical books, or travel books?
Relatedly, I just finished reading Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, it was fun to read. Any recommendations on novels in the same genre?
Bangalore is such a happening place that there are more things coming up:
- foss.in/2006 is just around the corner on Nov 24-26! Register now.
- Bengaluru Habba is happening on December 3-10 -
It's a pity that the official site is still under construction (and the dates on this logo seems to be "outdated"). The official website is BengalooruHabba.com (Thanks to Karthik for pointing it out).
- More events listed at eventsbangalore.net: