West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pens another six books The books written in Bengali include 'Notebandi', 'Manusher Joy 2016' (Victory of People 2016), 'Singur Joyi' (Victorious in Singur) and 'Byaktitwo' (Personality). Revealing her little-known creative side, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is out with a collection of books and poetries which reflect her thoughts onissues related to demonetisation, land acquisition struggle in Singur and the state assembly election results of 2016.
A regular writer and painter, the Trinamool Congress supremo hardly misses her date with the Kolkata International Book Fair and this time too she came up with six new books taking the number of published works to 69.
The books written in Bengali include 'Notebandi', 'Manusher Joy 2016' (Victory of People 2016), 'Singur Joyi' (Victorious in Singur) and 'Byaktitwo' (Personality).
Interestingly, she has also come out with a second compilation of names for new-borns. Titled 'Namanjali' it is a collection of possible names to help parents find one for their child.
MAMATA'S BOOKS ARE SELLING LIKE HOT CAKES
"Mamata's books have a huge demand considering the strength of her supporters and fans. Last year her verses in Urdu was a big hit. Quite often the demand surpasses the print order," said a publisher.
This year 'Notebandi', the book on demonetisation, is arousing lot of curiosity as people are eager to know why she opposed demonetisation to the extent of picking up a fight with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to a party leader the book is a documentation of how demonetisation has hit the grassroot ranks of people and how Modi's "surgical strike" to trace black money turned out to be a "funeral procession" of close to 80 lives.
'Singur Joyi' celebrates the long ten years of farmers' movement, Mamata's 26 days of fast in protest against what was alleged to be forcible acquisition of land for Tata Motors' Nano car factory.
BOOKS THEMED ON POLITICAL STRUGGLE
A majority of the books Mamata has written so far are reflections of her political struggles and commentaries on the political situation.
There is also a book on the late litterateur Mahasweta Devi, who had vocally supported her during the Singur and Nandigram movements.
Though the publishers are reluctant to give the sale figures of Mamata's books, they say the demand is always high. Incidentally, Mamata has claimed that the royalty she gets from her books is a big help to run her party. The 'Jago Bangla' stall showcasing Mamata's books at the fair, however, has cost the party several lakhs.
'Jago Bangla' is the mouthpiece of Trinamool Congress.