Works on Islam and Buddhism are a big hit at stalls put up by publishers from South Asian countries at the World Book Fair here. Many avid book readers and scholars are happy to have spotted rare books that are not easily available in India.
At the pavilion for foreign exhibitors at the 19th New Delhi World Book Fair, two stalls by a private publisher from Pakistan and the Iqbal Academy Pakistan are doing brisk business although the government-aided National Book Foundation of Pakistan pulled out of the book exhibition which culminates Feb 7.
"On the first two days, we saw good business, on the third day there was less crowd but we have picked since then. We have mostly students, scholars, booksellers coming to us, asking us for books on Islam, Sufism, Pakistan's history," Saira Bano from the Royal Book Company told IANS.
Many scholars and even maulvis made their way to the stall by Iqbal Academy of Pakistan for rare books not available easily in India.
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