From mythology-based books to award-winning collections of essays, from Malayalam translations of acclaimed classics to collections on archival material… the Trivandrum International Book Fair put together by the Bala Sahitya Institute (State Institute of Children's Literature) and which was inaugurated here on Thursday on the Sanskrit College grounds promises to be irresistible to book-lovers.

According to information made available by the institute, more than 100 publishers had showcased their titles in 77 stalls at the festival which was declared open by Jnanpith winner O.N.V. Kurup.

Books based on Indian mythology dominated the Amar Chithra Katha stall. Many of the titles on display here were those that had remained popular down generations of readers. These included tales of Tenali Raman, books on the heroic kings and queens of India, books on the ‘Dasavathara' and Buddhist folk tales.