Pratham Books’ Infosys Book Fair

Yesterday, Pratham Books held a book fair at the Infosys Campus in Bangalore. With a team of 8 people, we were all ready to spread the joy of reading. As we started setting up and putting up our bright posters, some employees sauntered past our stall and looked on. They saw the books we had on offer and some bought them on the spot while others promised to come back during their lunch break.

And then it was time for the lunch break….

*Phew*… The number of people that visited our stall was overwhelming and we loved their eagerness to buy books not only for their own kids but also for kids who could not afford to buy books. Some bought a book, some bought a few and some bought many sets of books. While we scribbled down their orders, clicked away at our calculators and handed out change, we saw the big grins on their faces and hoped that the children that finally received the books that evening had even bigger smiles. It was also heartwarming to see many generous people pledge money towards supplying books to underprivileged children.

One highpoint of the day was when we overheard two women gush over our Hindi storycards and say “I want to buy them all…all… all”. We would like to thank everyone who came to our stall, bought our books, pledged money for underprivileged children, gave us feedback and will go on to give their kids the precious gift of a book.



  1. Furry-Byter April 23, 2009

    I particularly love the poster at the end of this post: that boy’s grin is infectious! Such happyness is to be found in books, no? Do you publish books written by kids?

  2. Maya April 24, 2009


    Thanks. We love the picture too. You can see more pictures on our Flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/prathambooks/

    Yes, we have a few books which have been written by kids and also some which have been illustrated by kids.


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