The Neyveli Book Fair Conducted by the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) is now branded as the South India’s second largest book fair, next only to Chennai Book Fair. I love to visit the Book Fair every year when it is held in the Month of July/August. It is a joyful occasion for all our family. The book fair was indeed an exhibition to watch. There were many halls and each hall was segmented into stalls managed by the respective publishers. The venue boasts of fully-covered paved pathway and shelter to visitors from rain and sun. We had local publishers, national publishers and International publishers. The book fair attracted a large number of People. All the stalls were full of books and they had displayed books on several subjects, children books, subjected oriented books, literature books, Law books, management books, science and technology. Top of them was a huge collection of dictionaries and fictions. All students purchased books of their fond.
I too purchased the book of poetry as i love it the most. My mother purchased books on cooking and religion. My father purchased books on travel and maps The highlight of the event is that one author and one publisher would be felicitated and one book released every day. We can interact with the author of the book and also there will be a speech at the lignite hall by an eminent personality from the literary circles. Many other related events are conducted like book discussions, debates, Dramas etc., during the 10 day course of the book fair.
The Book Fair also consists of large number of interesting games, eatables which attracts children like me to a greater extent. I played lot of games with my brother. Spot competitions also held for children visiting the fair. I too participated in some competitions. Free health check-up, a regular feature was carried out by a medical team from NLC General Hospital. All in all it was a joyful occasion, an event to cherish for whole year till next book fair arrives. The event was an eye opener for me in so many aspects. I enjoy visiting it every year.