Kolkata: Known for her fearless attitude in the political field and unconventional lifestyle, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has left the top authors way behind at the 36th Kolkata Book Fair. ‘Didi’ has left a lasting impression on people by her thoughts clubbed in her books. After the high demand of her books in the fair she was named the best-selling author of the fair.

Mamata’s latest books 'Poribortan' (Change), 'Kobita' (Poems) and 'My Unforgettable Memories' drew large number of buyers to the fair.

Publisher Sudhanshu Dey said, “Didi’s books are in high demand and are selling like hot cakes. About 200-215 copies of Poriborton 200-150 copies of Kobita and 90-100 copies of My Unforgettable Memories are being sold every day. Similarly her other books are also selling in good numbers. Books worth Rs 3 lakh and Rs 4 lakh were sold in the year 2009 and 2010 respectively. The sales are projected to go up to Rs 10 lakh this year.”

According to the marketing figures, Mamata has emerged as a literary sensation this year. She has written 33 books so far, of which three have been launched this year in the fair. Written in Bangla, Poriborton is a compilation of 60-70 poems which traces Mamata’s political journey, from days of being a party worker to the days of her heading the state.

Publishing Mamata’s books since 1995, Dey said, “Thousands of copies have been sold in past ten days. The sales of her books last year had gone upto Rs 10 lakh of which Rs 1 lakh was given to her as royalty.  The sales of her books had equalled the bestselling authors Mani Shankar Mukherjee and Buddhadeb Guha last year.

JPN/Bureau