Think about an event you’ve attended and loved. Your hometown’s annual fair. That life-changing music festival. A conference that shifted your worldview. Imagine you are told it will be cancelled forever, or taken over by an evil corporate force.
How will that make you feel?
While writing this post, focus again on your own voice. Pay attention to your word choice, tone, and rhythm. Read each sentence aloud multiple times, making edits as you read through. Before you hit ‘publish’ read your entire piece out loud to ensure it sounds like you.
Well, I always write earnestly, but, this one is a work of pure fiction, because I don’t have any connection whatsoever with my hometown ;p
So one of the things that I thoroughly enjoyed back there (And can be stopped/usurped by some evil corporate) was the bookfair, held every year in December for a fortnight in a school ground visible from my rooftop.
Till I joined my first job and became a full worker bee I used to visit that bookfair multiple times, every year, not for buying because never had that much money but to be there, sifting through books, watching, having fun with friends! We used to sit in the fairground for hours, eat junk-foods and chat.
Now…. if I ever come to know that it has been closed I will be really sorry for the kids of burdwan!
Too many of us grew up with priceless memories of our book-fair, the only book-fair that is held in burdwan and is visited by really great publishers like Vostok, Tuli o Kalam etc., the place where we have gone as kids and our siblings have gone with their kids to sift through books, the kids could feel the aura of the awesome world called books and get them at a cheaper price.
Now they are planning to shift that book-fair outside the town, give it a larger space and in that time-span they are planning to hold a culture fair here, culture fair will ultimately become loudspeakers blaring funky songs!
Let us sign this petition, visit the local MLA and make her change the plan, yes, if necessary we will have to convince her that we will rather have books for our next generations!
a book lover like you