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Karnataka publishers come up with book gifting options during lockdown

While Manohar Granthamala has begun a “Pustaka Udugore” (book present) scheme, Ladai Prakashana is doing the identical with a unique method

Publishers of Kannada books, who’re discovering the going powerful amidst the pandemic like many different sectors, have began particular schemes to encourage folks to purchase books and browse.


Two North Karnataka-based publishers, Manohara Granthamala and Ladai Prakashana, have come up two distinct schemes.

Dharwad-based Manohar Granthamala, which has to its credit score the publication of all of the works of Jnanpeeth awardee Girish Karnad, has begun a “Pustaka Udugore” (book present) scheme.

“We launched this initiative with the objective of making students develop reading skills especially during the lockdown which has disturbed the whole education system. We want parents to gift their children books or donate books to anyone,” says Manager of Manohar Granthmala Sameer Joshi.

The oldest publishing house of Dharwad, it has “gift packages.” In all there are six packages comprising of six to nine books each and the readers can choose from them, depending on their interest. They comprise of works of different literary forms.


On Ambedkar

Gadag-based Ladai Prakashana is doing the same with a different approach. It has collection of books on Baba Saheb Ambedkar and women’s literature and other social issues.

“The collection on Baba Saheb comprises of 22 books. We have sent out 150 sets already,” Basavaraj Sulebhavi, writer of Ladai Prakashana. According to Mr. Sulebhavi, additionally an activist, a great signal is that of elevated studying of Ambedkar notably amongst dalit and progressive youths. Some of consumers of those books have added them to their private libraries and lend them to youths all for studying.

Both the publishers have obtained good response for his or her initiative they usually need to come up with extra packages relying on the demand.

M.A. Subramanya, proprietor of the oldest publishing home of Hubballi, Sahitya Prakashana, is busy during lockdown as on-line requests maintain coming. He says publishers get a median of 30 on-line requests per day, indicative of the elevated studying behavior during lockdown.

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