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E-Books Can Never Replace The Joy Of Flipping Pages

Writer Anita Agnihotri lamented on the now "forgotten act" of letter writing and recalled penning texts sitting at bookstores during the AKLF literary meet. 

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Book lovers and key personalities attended the 14th edition of the four-day Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) in Kolkata. Participants including actor Dhritiman Chatterjee, historian Sugata Bose and MP Jawhar Sircar, present at the literary meet elucidated their views on their shared love for reading and books.

Discussing the topic, 'Much more than a book store' on the inaugural day, Thursday, the notable personalities said that E-books can never replace the joy of reading favorite authors', writings on printed text and flipping pages.

"I have no difficulty in confessing that I am addicted to e-reading but there are certain authors such as Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay whose writings I would love to physically touch and flip pages and want such books on my shelf", Chatterjee admitted. 

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The veteran actor, who has essayed critically acclaimed roles in Satyajit Ray's 'Pratidwandi', Mrinal Sen's 'Padatik' and Aparna Sen's '36 Chowringhee Lane', to name a few, said, "I grew up in an environment where voracious reading was encouraged." Chatterjee said that when a person gifts a book to someone, he or she gives his or her heart and soul to it.

Sugata Bose, Gardener Chair of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University, recalled how he would always hang out at book shops during his college days. The Netaji Research Bureau chairperson said that he would always choose reading a paperback or a hardbound over an e-book when given a chance.

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Writer Anita Agnihotri lamented on the now "forgotten act" of letter writing and recalled penning texts sitting at bookstores. 

TMC lawmaker and former Prasar Bharati CEO and MP Jawhar Sircar, "People love books for many reasons. One can live with a book for hours before going to sleep. Even when one falls asleep, he or she keeps the book close to him or her physically." He said despite the popularity of e-reading, printed texts are here to stay.

Pulitzer Award winner and acclaimed author Alice Walker, Australian author John Zubrzycki, and poet Jeet Thayil are among over 100 speakers who would deliberate on literary and social issues at the 14th edition of the four-day AKLF.

(With PTI input)

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