Urdu is the lingua franca of India was the voxpopuli of the visitors at Urdu Books fair at Quli Qutub Shah Stadium. The organizing authority, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) which has been supervising the exhibition cum sale, claims it was a successful eight day endeavor in city.
It was organized by the NCPUL and Telangana Urdu Academy. NCPUL representative and consultant Shoaib Raza Fatimi said that there were nearly 126 stalls of about 80 different publishers from across the country. He said that promotion of the Urdu language was the main objective of the book fair.
He said, “We have been organizing these kinds of book fairs for past 15 years across various cities of the country only to promote Urdu language and people associated with Urdu language.”
The advantage of Urdu language is that it is spoken all across the country including Assam, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, UP, Maharashtra and others. It is a lingua franca of India, he added.
The books in the fair include that of subjects related to education, science, medicine, Unani medicine, religious, general knowledge and others. Publishers from Delhi, Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and other states installed their stalls.
A school teacher Syeda Fahmeeda, who was buying books for her school kids, said that there were several good books useful in learning basic Urdu and books on the hardcore topics like politics, social studies and anthropology.
She said, “Such book fairs besides assembling different publishers at one place also give reader a chance to choose from the varied range of books.”
A graduate from the nearby college Shakeel Ahmed on the other hand said that several components of the book fair attract people of various tastes of literature and culture.
He said that there have been programs Mushairas, Story telling, Sham e Ghazal, Qawwali, Quiz competitions every day during the book fair from its inauguration on December 12.
The exhibition is going to complete its eight day endeavor on December 20 with a concluding session on Urdu language. NCPUL representative Shoaib Raza said that language and culture walk side by side and book fairs promoted by NCPUL always comprise of components like Sham e Ghazal, Mushaira, Qawwali, Quiz and others.
Putting aside the apprehensions over the promotion of Urdu language he said that languages are created over centuries and it takes more than centuries for those to be forgotten.
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