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Coimbatore

A veritable feast for the intellect at Sashtri Grounds

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Six friends from Coimbatore, during one of their casual meetings decided that they would do something good for the society. Thus the idea to start Global Social Wel Fare Trust was born two months ago.

Today the Trust inaugurated its debut event in Coimbatore. It organized a book fair at Shastri Grounds. The book exhibition and sale will conclude on September 20.

“Reading habits are dying among people, especially children. Today everyone depends on technology and reading books and comics has taken a back seat. We are trying to encourage people to read more books. This is one of the reasons for organizing such a fair.” M. Abdul Rahman, founder of Global Social Wel Fare Trust says.

This exhibition and sale is a platform that connects the people who sell books, with their readers. There are about 80 stalls in all and vendors from all across India have displayed books on various subjects for sale.

All the way from Madurai is Meenakshi Book Shop, Bell & Co, Success Books, and there is Sivam Books from Chennai. There are vendors from Erode, Pollachi, Gobi and from Coimbatore.

“Vendors are not doing great business because not many people read books these days. This exhibition is an opportunity for the people in the business of selling books to reach out to their target audience.” Abdul says.

At the exhibition there is a book for everyone. Right from books for kids to fiction, there are nearly 10 lakh books on display and for sale under one roof. There are Tinkle comics for kids, there are short story books for kids like 101 Panchatantra Stories (hard cover), How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories (Paperback), Gandhi – The Story of my Experiment with Truth, among other popular titles.

Apart from books, there are educational charts on birds, colours, shapes, alphabets, numbers, flowers, and fruits among other categories. “Next week my son will celebrate his third birthday. As return gift for his birthday celebrations, I have picked up colouring books.” 35-year-old homemaker Renuka Suresh says.

All vendors are offering a minimum of 10 per cent discount on all purchases. Entry is free. Visiting hours are between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on all days. Exhibition will conclude on September 20.

In the future, the Trust has plans of organising eye donation awareness camp and blood donation camps.

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