The Indian booth at the ongoing 32nd Doha International Book Fair provides glimpses of the country’s history and culture. There are a number of books at the booth that highlight various facets of India and its heritage. The book fair, opened on Monday by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, runs until June 21 under the slogan 'With Reading We Rise.'
Showcased at the grand event are Qatari, Arab and foreign publishing houses, as well as the latest publications, books and manuscripts of government agencies, Arab and international cultural institutions and the embassies accredited to the country. Large number of visitors can be seen moving around the stalls and buying books and getting details about the books especially the latest ones.
The Indian booth was opened by Indian embassy charge d'affaires Angeline Premalatha in the presence of a number of community members. The pavilion offers a peek into books from all the states of the country. A spokesperson at the booth said there is great demand from the visitors for books about various aspects of India. “We have a good collection of books from all the states of India that describe the unique culture of the country. We have also books about the culture and social life of people from different parts of the country.
“Most queries that we get, are about tourism opportunities in India. We have some books that offer information about most attractive destinations in the country. We also have highly informative books on the culture of India and the uniqueness of each region as well as social life of people in different places. Some of the books also give ideas about various festivals of the country.”
According to the spokesperson, people can contact the pavilion for more information about India and if they need to buy any of the books, they can leave their contact information at the booth. They will be contacted at a later date about their requests.
Indian embassy charge d'affaires Angeline Premalatha along with diplomats from the mission at the Indian booth at the DIBF. PICTURE: Thajudheen.