Indian publishers to display books at Lahore fair
NEW DELHI – Indian publishers will exhibit their books in a fair to be held in Lahore next March after Pakistan publishers participated as special guest in weeklong Delhi Book Fair, concluded on August 29.
Pakistani books have received great interest and response from the Indian people, displayed at the Fair by 12 publishers and over 200 people along with poets, writers and artists, attending the event.
“Indian publishers will exhibit their books in Lahore in March next. This will be a great opportunity for us to reach the book lovers in Pakistan,” Shakti Malik, Secretary-General of Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) said.
Earlier, Delhi Book Fair-2004 with Pakistan as a special guest at the event was inaugurated, ensuring better introduction of Pakistani books and understanding about the country among the people of India.
Over week-long Book Fair was inaugurated by Minister of State for Commerce S Elangovan with Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Aziz Ahmad Khan, Managing-Director National Book Foundation and renowned poet, Ahmed Faraz, Secretary NBF, Muhammad Aslam Rao and Chairman, Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association, Zubair Saeed, present on the occasion.
Pakistan’s envoy Aziz Ahmad Khan had said on the occasion that this would help ensure better introduction of Pakistani publishers and books in India besides promoting understanding and bilateral ties. He expressed the hope that promotion of Pakistani books would enhance the understanding about Pakistan among the Indian people besides helping to know each others viewpoint.
Ahmad Faraz, chief of the National Book Foundation, had observed that all Indo-Pak differences and issues should be resolved with full sincerity. Holding of such fairs will help strengthen the ties between the two countries, he added. Over 12 stalls of Pakistani books were set up at the fair with huge variety of books, including literature, poetry, biographies, Islamic teachings, law, history, computer, science and technology, culture, politics, fiction etc.
Prominent among those who established their stalls at the Fair included the National Book Foundation, the Pakistan Publishers and Book Sellers Association, the Feroz Sons, he Maktaba Khuddam ul Quran, the Kausar Brothers, the Book Centre, the Gohar Publishers, the Oxford University Press Pakistan, the Royal Books Company and the Iqbal Academy, Pakistan.
There is a increasing demand for Pakistani books, especially on Indo-Pak relations, history, culture and politics, observed the Pakistani publishers, exhibiting their books at the fair and voiced the hope that such events would further enhance cooperation between the two sides in this sector.
Source: The News