Katha, a non-profit organisation working in the field of storytelling since 1988, and a well-known publishing house, has started a reading room for book lovers. The Reading Room is located at No. 8, First Main Road (above The Ark), Karpagam Gardens, Adyar. Here, you will find titles for adults and children, displayed well, which makes browsing and buying books of your choice convenient. Book lovers can also avail of a special offer till November 30 — for purchases made above Rs. 500 you can get a book free. Besides, exclusive research-oriented books by other publishers on topics such as gender, global peace and economy will also be offered on discount. There are special rates for orders from schools and colleges.
There's a wide range to choose from — The Katha Prize Stories Volume 1 to 13 (prize winning short story collections from across India), translations of short stories and novellas from legendary writers in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, Urdu, Bangla, Asomiya and Telugu. Some of the writers whose works are featured include Pudumaipittan, La Sa Ra, Su Ra, Paul Zacharia, Krishna Sobti, Alka Sarogi, Joginder Paul and Suchitra Bhattacharya.
The highlight of the collection is books for children that are beautifully illustrated. There are little known folk tales from the North East as well as stories that have an urban background. For details call (o44) 4211 4326.