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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Anna books in demand

LUCKNOW: Anna Hazare's win does not end with his fast. The 9th National Book Fair had a glimpse of his fan following on Saturday. Known as the 'revolutionary man' among the bibliophiles, the book lovers did not waste a minute to pick up books on Anna Hazare.

"His anti-corruption crusade has touched million hearts. Before his anti-graft campaign, no one knew who he is. Now, people want to know more about his life, his works, and his contribution to the society," said Reeta Sinha who picked up a book on the graft crusader, 'Krantidoot - Anna Hazare'.

The soaring demand of Anna's books had forced publishers to order in bulk. "We were able to sell nearly 30 books since the book fair had started. There is a higher demand of Anna Hazare books in English language for which the stock is yet to come," said Ujjawal Roy from Diamond Publications. He recalled that Anna book (Krantidoot-Anna Hazare) left an imprint at the recently concluded Delhi Book Fair. "On the last day, more than 2,000 copies of the book were sold. We are looking forward to a similar response," he said.

At another book stall, Subash Prakash, another book, 'Loknayak - Anna Hazare' was in demand. "Book lovers are asking for the book, but the sale is yet to pick up," said Abhinav Chhabra, stall owner. After availing 10% discount, both the books cost Rs 90.

Umesh Dhall, an organiser said, "The book is popular among all sections of people. Be it young or old, men or women, everyone is coming to us asking about the store where they can get hold of Anna books. We have asked more publishers to get books based on Anna Hazare."


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