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Amphan’s effect on publishing: How to Help

Amphan’s effect on publishing: How to Help

The publishing industry was going through a tough time already with the lockdown, and it has to now deal with Amphan’s effect on publishing.

When cyclone Amphan hit Kolkata on 20th May, it further aggravated the woes of the book industry. For book lovers, it is heartbreaking to see beloved Boi Para, a.k.a., College Street, which is the largest book market of the city and known to booklovers across the country, drenched in water, and literary material being lost in front of our eyes.

It is a grave situation for booksellers and publishers of Kolkata, causing loss in lakhs of rupees as books, paper, and other materials were destroyed, and may have incalculable long-term effects on the book industry in general.

Amphan's effect on College Street

Tridib Kumar Chattopadhyay, President of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, issued a notice addressing the situation, and announced that relief funds will be shortly organised to mitigate Amphan’s effect on publishing at large.

Statement by Publishers Guild
Rebuild College Street

Chattopadhyay also shared devastating pictures of his own factory, given below, and showroom which are knee-deep in water, showing the grim condition of publishers and the effect of Amphan.

Losses by publishers
Losses by Publishers with books being destroyed

You can help too

The publishers guild has set up a relief fund to help the Amphan-affected College street, for both publishers and booksellers. Donate what you can, each little sum will go a long way in the collective efforts to help Kolkata’s book industry, among the most illustrious in our Indian literary landscape. It’s a heritage we just cannot afford to lose.

donate to amphan relief

You can also help in these effort to mitigate Amphan’s effect on publishing by spreading the word. You can use the images below for the same. They are downloadable on all devices.

A little amount will go a long way in helping rebuild the book paradise that this was.

donate to amphan relief

Students and organizations across Kolkata are working towards the same.

donate to amphan relief
donate to amphan relief

If you have queries write to either prakruti@purplepencilproject.com or jessica@purplepencilproject.com and we will reach out to the right people to have them answered.


Jessica is a freelance writer and avid reader, and former Head of Operations and Strategy and Writer at Purple Pencil Project.

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