Book Fair Returns to Thirunakkara

Kottayam’s hallmark-event and hallmark-venue re-joined and is a perfect match. The landscaped ground adds energy to the already active event.

Details

Date: 28th January (Friday) – 6th February (Sunday) 2011
Time: 8.30 am to 8.30 pm
Venue: Thirunakkara Grounds
Entry fee: Rs. 5/- (Free entry for school students)

This year’s floor plan is radically different from the previous years’. Instead of isolated pavilions, this time the stalls are well connected with ample passages in between. Yes, it’s more spacious and dust-free too. This is one of the main reasons that set the Book Fair apart from the other events like the Flower Show where a fixed path is to be followed by the visitors. Once inside the the fair, you can move around freely.

Even when visitors come in large numbers, there is no fuss/rush. People move about and find publishers or books that interests them and stay engrossed. This makes noise and other distractions non-existent.

In all, our Book Fair is a great feel-good event.
See the video below to see what the fair is like this time. Photos follow.

You may read about the 2010 Book Fair or see some interesting book covers from it (links will open in new tab/window).

Kalolsavam Draws Near. Preparations Soar.

Note: The factual details given below are subject to change as committees reconsider options.

The works of the Six-level pavilion at the main venue – the Police Parade Ground – will be finished by 7th, Friday.

At Nagampadam Nehru Stadium, works of two food courts have started. These will cater to 4000 participants at a time.

(Tentative) A model of the Champion Trophy will be taken from Ettumanoor to Kottayam, through M.C. Road on an open vehicle on10th January, Monday.

500 NCC Cadets, 500 Scouts, 300 Red Cross volunteers, 150 NSS volunteers are assigned for duty.

300 students are being trained by Police Officials and teachers to help in traffic duty during the Kalolsavam.

24 Hour Dedicated emergency cell at District Hospital. Every venue will have a dedicated medical team. 10 dedicated ambulances will be ready near the Venues.

The Fire & Rescue Units will be on standby, day & night, for all days at the three main venues – Police Parade Ground, Thirunakkara Ground, Nehru Stadium.

Under the District S.P., 13 Dy. S.P.s, 31 Circle Inspectors, 152 Sub Inspectors and 1500 constables will be assigned for special duty.

Public Water Supply system will be completely chlorinated by this week.

Frequent quality checks at hotels and eateries will be enforced.

Waste removal will be done thrice a day from all the venues and the food courts.

35 special buses will run between the venues, food courts and the accommodation spots.

Shops and buildings along K. K. Road will be lit up.

The inaugural procession will start at 2 pm on 17th, Monday from Gandhi Square, Thirunakkara. It will proceed  through the K. K. Road and will reach Police Parade Ground. V. S. Achuthanandan, Hon. Chief Minister, will  inaugurate the Kalolsavam and the first event will start by 6 pm at the main venue.


Work in progress: The Six-level pavilion at Police Parade Ground

Electric Bloom, this Onam

Onam was all about sunny days and flowers. Not necessarily that way, anymore. Just like flowers fill all around during the day, blasting lights take on the night in charm. Electric bloom in the night complements the floral bloom during the day. This should be a very refreshing change from the very obvious and usual Onam pictures!

From the Thirunakkara Bus Terminal

The Thirunakkara Maidan lit by Josco

Central Junction

(Obvious!)

Logos Junction

Surprise Entry: Kairali Ford, S.H. Mount

Thirunakkara Pakalpooram

Announcement: The 2011 Pakalpooram will be held on 23rd March 2011, Wednesday.
Update: Pakalpooram 2011

With the Altharamelam, Kudamattom, Pulikali and an ocean of people, Kottayam experienced a real mini-Thrissur Pooram at Thirunakkara Mahadevar Temple on 23rd March 2010. Started in It was the 4th edition. With each edition, the magnitude of Thirunakkara Pakalpooram / Kottayam Pooram gets higher & higher.

Have a glimpse!