After suffering huge losses due to Cyclone Amphan, Kolkata’s Boi Para, aka, College Street, has found a new and unique way of getting back on its feet. Many book lovers have started buying books damaged by the heavy rain as ‘mementos’ of their love for books.
A group of book lovers, who call themselves the Book Scavengers, have appealed on social media so that people buy books completely damaged by the rain. They have so far raised more than Rs 1.5 lakh from about 170 people for the 250-odd books that they collected.
Another small publisher tied up with an e-commerce site for Bengali books for the online sale of damaged books along with a special bookmark. Their first list of 75 books was sold within hours on June 6 and the next lot of 100 will be up on June 9, for which they are already receiving queries.
There have been some other initiatives, too. A crowd-funding project spearheaded by Indrani Roy, joint managing director of Bengali publishing major Mitra & Ghosh, has been titled ‘Contribute to Save the Famous Literary Corner of the City of Joy’.