Presidency University students to raise money for cyclone-affected booksellers

Presidency University students to raise money for cyclone-affected booksellers

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Kolkata: University of Presidency students on Tuesday pledged to help the cyclone-razed booksellers of College Street – the city’s one-stop destination for bibliophiles – and get them back on their feet.

The Council of Students has joined hands with the Institute’s Publication Society to reconstruct the ‘Boi Para’ (Book Mart) by raising funds for the cause.

College Street, a 2-km stretch in central Kolkata, has hundreds of book stalls.

On 20 May, cyclone ‘Amfan’, which passed through Bengal, leveled many stalls in which books were left floating in the water – pictures of which have gone viral on social media.

“We were shedding tears looking at the images of books floating on the flooded road, as the stall owners watched helplessly. Nothing could be more damaging than a disaster coming in the midst of a lockout. After deliberations , The council members decided to contact classmates and other well-wishers for monetary help.

One of the students said, “The university’s publishing society also came on board.”

The apex body of publishers and booksellers in the state has said that the losses to booksellers due to amphan may be in crores. It has decided to request the assistance of state and central governments and separate consulates in the city.

“We have named the initiative Boi Parar Pase Presidency- Pase thakun apnio (Presidency means the book hub of College Street – need your support, a lot).

“College Street has always been the first choice of students when it came to book-hunting. Many of us have borrowed reference books from these stall owners by paying a nominal amount when we ran out of money. This is our Time to do the bit. ”Another student said.

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