India: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community participates in 44th Chennai Book fair

With inputs from Shameema Sarmad & Naeem Ahmad

CHENNAI: The annual Chennai Book Fair began on Wednesday (February 24) at the YMCA grounds in Nandanam and will continue till March 9.

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam inaugurated the 44th edition of annual Chennai Book Fair on Wednesday.

The event organized by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) used to take place during January coinciding with the Pongal festival. But this time because of Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed to February.

With several new writers emerging during the lockdown which also rekindled the love of reading in many, the organisers, Booksellers’ and Publishers’ Association of South India (BAPASI), are expecting a better turnout than last year.

“They have made sure all COVID-19 protocols are in place. They insist on everyone wearing masks and those who come without them will be given masks at the fair. Sanitizers will be kept at regular intervals”.

This year, around 700 stalls will be put up and there will also be a ‘rack’ system for publishers who cannot afford rents for stalls. In a hall, they allotted racks for those who cannot afford to pay rent for stalls. They can, instead, get a rack and display their books there.

The fair is expected to come as a relief to book lovers amidst rumours that it may not be held this year due to the pandemic. The fair is usually held in January to coincide with Pongal holidays. Barring the delay in the dates held, the fair is expected to go on as usual.

There are several events lined up including a special all woman’s show on International Women’s Day on March 8 and a storytelling competition for children.

Book Stall by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Stall by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was inaugurated by Ameer Sahab Chennai,Tamilnadu, India on 24.2.2021 at 10 am.

Amongst others many prominent leaders, readers and writers visited our stall.

On the inaugural day we presented our litterature to Tamilnadu’s Deputy Cheif Minister.

Fair consists of 700 bookstalls and ends on 9.3.21.

Lajna Imaillah at our stall were occupied in propagating the truth about “Rights of Women in Islam” on International Women’s day on 8.3.21.

Khuddam engaged with stall visitors

With over 500 books sold, and more than 2000 pamphlets distributed – we were able to spread divine truths to many. Overall it was a fruitful affair, Al’humdulillah

Categories: The Muslim Times

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