Made the first trip to Chennai Book Fair. The crowd was good, but not yet suffocating as it is during the last day. One thing I noted was the Godmen Book stalls (Nithyananda, Jaggi Vasudev, et al) seem to have vanised this year. Good development.
Could see the decline of old publishers (Meyyappan, Manivasagam, Palaniappa, Manimegalai to name a few) and the rise of new ones (Kizhakku, Tamizhini, Uyirmmai). The noticeable difference between the two is the quality of books. The publishing quality of Kizhakku, Uyirmmai publishers are of truly global standards. They also spoil the reader, who expects the same from other publishers :-).
Kizhakku Pathipagam is a natural hub for Tamil Bloggers. Saw Paa. Raghavan, Meenaks, Dondhu Raghavan along with Badri. Could also overhear conversations like "I found who is the anonymous spamming my comment box".
The books I bought were - Moonru Viral (novel by Era. Murukan), Thanneer, Karaindha Nizhalgal (novels by Asoka Mithran) and Collection of Short Stories by Nanjil Nadan.