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Malegaon Urdu book fair breaks NCPUL's all time best sale record
Thursday January 9, 2014 7:06 PM, Satff Reporter

Already in the headlines for breaking the opening day and Bangalore's sale record, the Malegaon Urdu Book Fair on Thursday recoded a total sale of more than fifty-five lakh rupees breaking the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language's all time best sale record.

Malegaon Urdu Book Fair

"The All India Urdu Book Fair organised by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) in Malegaon has recorded a total sale of more than fifty-five lakh rupees in last seven days. This is more than the total sale in ten days of Mumbai's book fair which was organised by the NCPUL in January 2011", councils' research officer Khurram Shahanawaz said while talking to

Mumbai had recorded the total sale of Rs.53,00,000/-, which was NCPUL's best in 14 book fairs.

The Malegaon book fair had earlier broken the opening day sale record on Friday and on Sunday it surpassed the total ten-day sale of Bangalore book fair which was organised by the NCPUL in September 2013.

A total of 38 publishers from all across the country are showcasing Urdu books of different titles and on wide ranging topics in 62 stalls.

What makes Malegaon's sale record more significant that it is the first time the NCPUL has organised its book fair at a Taluka place.

The organisers said the publishers were earlier reluctant to come to Malegaon, which according to them was a "remote" and "distant" place with little access to travelling and transportation. But, they are now all smiles by the overwhelming response.

"All our stocks finished within two days and we had to ask for fresh stock. We had not expected such a huge response. People are pouring in to visit the book fair and what is amazing is that most of them are purchasing books", Mrs Nazima Nikhat of Honey Books, New Delhi said while talking to the

Besides men of all ages, the book fair is attracting a large number of women and children. Though Ejaz Publishing House has recorded the maximum sales so far, the most sought after stall is Maktaba Al Hasanat, New Delhi which has recorded a sale of more than one lakh each day.

"The response here is more than satisfactory and beyond our expectations", Shehzad Alam of the Maktaba said. He said 'Zinda Rood', the biography of Allama Iqbal written by his son Javed Iqbal costing Rs.1200/-, has been the best-selling book so far. Among other best sellers are the books on religion, history, Urdu literature and recipe besides a huge demand for children literature.

Local writer Khaleel A. Fareedi, who has purchased books worth Rs.32,780/- is the top buyer so far in the individual capacity, whereas Madrasa Islamia of Akkalkuwa has purchased the books worth 04,50,000/- , a maximum by an organisation.

The ten-day festival, which was inaugurated by the Minister of Minority Affairs K Rahman Khan Friday, is coordinated locally by Malegaon Society of Education and Pasban-e-Adab of Mumbai.

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