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Books on morality and religion have caught the attention of quite a
few people at the ongoing 19th World Book Fair here. And no, they
are not from Indian publications but from a government-supported
publishing house from Turkey.
stall of RNK Publishing, Turkey, at Hall 7 of Pragati Maidan, where
the event is being held, has a range of books unique to Turkey. They
include the "Risali-i-Nur" ("From The Light") series of poetry, an
ancient text by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.
"This is the first time Turkey is showcasing books and its
literature here. We are very happy with the response we have got. We
didn't think too many people would come, but there is a growing
interest from the general public. The books we have are on morality
and religion. They are only on display and not for sale," Tahir
Kumru, an official at the stall told IANS.
Books like religious guides for youth and women as well as
translations of "Risali-i-Nur" in Urdu, Hindi, Russian and Farsi are
available at the Turkey stall.
"These are very hard to find here in India and are unique to Turkish
literature. We want to promote it here," Kumru said.
However, there were also many people who stopped by the stall but
were more interested in tourism material.
have heard Turkey is a beautiful country, but they (the stall) don't
have any books on the culture, tourism of Turkey. I would have
preferred that," said Khalid, a visitor to the stall.
said that the next time (when the fair will be held two years
later), they would stock those books as well.
Publishing doesn't have an Indian office but the official at the
stall said that with "growing interest in our small country, we will
soon open an office in Delhi".
total of 1,200 Indian and foreign publishers are participating in
the biennial fair this time. Country-wise, there are 15 countries
which have participated in the fair that culminates Feb 7.