No book buyers at Utsava

Of late, the concept of book purchase seems to be waning. This was noticed at the Abbakka Utsav where the sellers were disappointed with the poor response from the public.

The book sellers were expecting a huge crowd at the Utsav, organised under the aegis of Kannada and Culture department and Abbakka Utsav Samithi at Thokkottu. Only 70 to 100 people attended the utsav and there were no buyers. The fest was restricted to the organisers and artistes.

“On Saturday, five books were sold while none on Sunday. We normally sell religious books. If we had visited Brahmakalashotsava at Ulaibettu Durgaparameshwari Temple, we could have sold a few more books,” said Kushala of Arya Samaja, Deralakatte.

The sellers also rued that the organisers did not make arrangements for the sale of books. “Not even 50 people have attended Abbakka Utsava. There were only organisers and artistes at the venue. Only three books have been sold,” said Vinayaka Book stall owner Girish.

Book seller and writer Uggappa Poojary said, “I have been participating in Abbakka Utsav for the last six years. About 2,000 to 3,000 people were participating in the past. I had hoped atleast 100 books could be sold. However, here it was only the organisers and artistes who were at the venue and none to buy books.” he added.

The organisers had even arranged meals for the visitors. With the poor response, a huge quantity of meals remained unused.

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