When the whole world was talking about the Commonwealth Games, could publishing industry be behind? Infact, publishing industry has always been known for correlating events as a very big marketing tool. Lately, it was the Commonwealth Games, Diwali and more recently the Obama’s visit to India, when bookstores were prominently displaying books on these subjects. Here are details of two book launched during Commonwealth Games. Pitambar Publishing Co (P) Ltd recently launched a book titled Commonwealth Games- An Extravaganza in New Delhi coinciding with the Commonwealth Games. The book is authored by Dr Pushker Srivastava and Gyanendra Bartaria. The book was officially launched by Rama Kant Goswami, MLA and chairman, Delhi Jal Board.

At the launch function, Pushker told that the book is an attempt to answer questions like what are Commonwealth Games and what would be their impact on India. He said that it is aimed at students appearing for competitive exams. He told that the foreword is given by Irfan Sheikh. He also thanked Anand Bhushan, the publisher, for making the book see light of the day.

Irfan Sheik expressed his concern on the changes in the value system of the youth of today. He also congratulated Pushker on the launch of the book.

While, Anand Bhushan said that the book has been launched for children and general public who want to know more about Commonwealth Games.

Rama Kant, while addressing the audience, said that the sports revolution has started in India and soon every state will have a budget for sports. He concluded that the youth-related books should be published as this book is one amongst them.

Another book on the Games was a book by National Book Trust, India, titled Quest for Olympic Gold: Strategies for Excellence written by Arun Kumar Pandya under its General series. The book, which was commissioned on the occasion of the Commonwealth Games at Delhi starting October 3, 2010, was made available to the buyers at the NBT Book Shop at its Vasant Kunj headquarters and the Asaf Ali Road during the Commonwealth Games.

Considering the fact that India has one of the largest human resources in the world, our rather dismal status among the sports playing nations has understandably remained one of our biggest national disappointments. After all, what ails Indian sports and what can be the way ahead to stake a respectable claim in the international sports arena? The book seeks to discuss this all in a frank manner while delineating the roles of various stakeholders like the state and central governments including the Sports Authority of India, Indian Olympic Association, National Sports Federations, Media etc. In the backdrop of the concrete achievements of placing adequate world class sports infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 and the euphoria, both good and bad, associated with the event, the present book takes stock of the required groundwork that have been done and further needs to be done in the country’s quest to earn a rich haul of gold medals at the Mecca of all sporting events—the Olympics.

The author Arun Kumar Pandya, (IAS, batch 1957, Madhya Pradesh cadre), has held various responsible posts in the state government as well as at the centre retiring as secretary to the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India and director-general, Sports Authority of India (SAI) in the year 1992.

Kannada literature had been given a facelift with the efforts of Navakarnataka, which recently celebrated its golden jubilee. Their 2,951th book was launched to mark the occasion. Karnataka-based Navakarnataka Publications Pvt Ltd recently celebrated their 50th anniversary by releasing its prestigious publication Karnataka Kaladarshana – a two volume book on different aspects of Karnataka art and culture. This unique volume of 1,200 pages (demy quarto size) printed on art paper contains 4,300 colour and black & white pictures. Priced at Rs 3,000 it has been received well by readers. Edited by Prof MH Krishnaiah, Dr Vijaya and CR Krishna Rao the book has nine chapters with 50 articles written by 55 experts in various fields of arts, both visual and performing. This was Navakarnataka’s 2,951th publication in its golden jubilee year. The publishing house established in 1960 with the motto ‘Service to mankind through books’ has served the Kannada literary world offering variety of books to its readers, bagging prestigious awards including state government award and has emerged as a leading publishing house in Karnataka.

The golden Jubilee celebration was held in Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore with noted playwright, poet and former vice-chancellor

Dr Chandrashekhara Kambara in the chair. Speaking on the occasion he said that Navakarnataka has done excellent service to Kannada literature, publishing useful books over the years. It has done what the universities in Karnataka could not do. The two volumes were released by Dr B Jayashree, noted theatre personality and Rajya Sabha member. She complimented Navakarnataka’s work and urged the Govt to support by purchasing books to libraries and educational institutions in the state. She regretted that Kannada was not well represented in parliament library and offered to present Karnataka Kaladarshna to it.

Mukhyamanthri Chandru, chairman, Kannada Development Authority, Govt of Karnataka while receiving the first copy of Kaladarshana said the two volumes should find a place in all libraries in the state and promised he would strive to achieve it. The presidents of various academies also received the copies of the book. DK Chowta, playwright and art lover, who was chief guest, welcomed Kaladarshana as first of its kind in any language in the country. Prof MH Krishnaiah, editor kaladarshana explained the highlights of the two volumes. Dr Vijaya, another editor, said the volumes represent the achievements of Karnataka in various fields of culture and also its contribution to the cultural world in general.

Earlier RS Rajaram, managing director, Navakarnataka Publications made a presentation of the achievements of the publishing house and unraveled the future plans. He said the organization over the years has built a chain of large number of readers and promoted hundred of writers. “The readers are our mainstay and we do not depend on Govt support or bulk purchase,” he said. CR Krishna Rao, director and editor, Karnataka Kaladarshana proposed vote of thanks.

The function was attended by eminent personalities like Sudha Murthy of Infosys Foundation, Jnanapihta awardee Girish Karnad, writers Ko Channabasappa, Dr CR Chandrashekar, veteran freedom fighter HS Doraiswamy, film maker and writer Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, editor of Hosathu Dr G Ramakrishna and many others.