Catch The Reading Bug

CATCH THE READING BUG- 17TH Nairobi International book fair

Submitted by Dwaraka Vasini dasi

fair 007Among the 76 exhibitors at this year’s International book fair  ( 17 to 24 September 2014 ) was our very own ISKCON stall that displayed most of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

According to the organizers, a total number of 16,652 students visited the fair, from various schools within Nairobi and the outskirts.

To attract the students to the ISKCON stall the young vaishnavi’s gave out a cupcake for every book sold. In this way crowds and crowds of student’s flocked the stall and got the mercy of Srila Prabhupada both in the form of his books and also Krishna Prasadam.

It was amazing to see how children are easily attracted to Krishna’s photo on the covers of these books. Contrary to the books sold on the streets, the students picked books like “on the way to Krishna, Elevation to Krishna consciousness”, their favorite being “Krishna book” and Prahlad Maharaj.

Some of the students as soon as they saw the beautiful picture of the most attractive Lord called out His name, “Krishna, Krishna”. Some even chanted the Maha mantra that was on the banner. When asked on how they knew about Krishna or Rama they immediately said they like to watch the epic “Ramayan” that is running on the local channel, and some schools were from the areas where our food for life team feed the children.

“Please try to introduce our books in the colleges and schools as well as local libraries. I have received word from other centers that our literatures are very well received and often they are being used as course textbooks in the schools and colleges. You are already preaching on the university campuses. So you add this book distribution to your program and make it complete with preaching and chanting of Hare Krishna Maha mantra, distribution of Prasadam and literatures. I know how well this program is received by the students because they are very intelligent”. We could not have said our praise for the students better than Srila Prabhupada.

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