Sharjah (UAE), Nov 5: When the 37th iteration of the Sharjah International Book Fair was opened on October 31, 2018, hundreds of Karnataka expatriates made a beeline for the book stall of Shanthi Prakashana.
It is for the third consecutive year, the Mangaluru-based leading Islamic publishing house setting up a stall in the 11-day event, considered to be the world’s third largest book fair.
At the inaugural ceremony of Shanthi Prakashana book stall, the president and the COO of Global operation of UAE Exchange Sudheer Kumar Shetty said it was the only one Kannada book publisher out of more than 1000 publishers from the worldwide participating in the book fair.
“It is really proud moment for every NRI Kannadigas who lives in UAE. More over the digital media are popular these days so the readers are facing towards the social and digital media, but the real taste of reading through books and print media does not get through digital,” he said.
Mohammed Ali Uchil, President of Bearys welfare Forum-Abu Dhabi, released the new title ‘Qurán Ondu Chintane’ written by Khadeeja Nusrath Abu Dhabi. “Shanthi Prakashana is a value based publishing house. It is proud moment for All Kannadigas who loves literature,” said Mr Uchil.
Muhammad Kunhi, Manager of Shanthi Prakashana said: “Mutual understanding between followers of different faiths will end hatred and misconceptions. Promoting amity, upholding values and spreading peace is the goal of Shanthi Prakashana through literatures.”
Encouraging people to read more good books, he said when people spend more time on social media, the relationships in real life will be affected.
Master Nooh recited the verses from holy Quran and convener of Shanthi Prakashana book stall at Sharjah book fair Abdul Salam Deralakatte read out the translation in kannada. Mr Abdul Khader Kukkaje compered the program.
Social worker Abdul Qadeer, kannada writer Irshad Moodbidri, Noor Ashfak Karkala, Ismail Bengre, Advocate Shamsuddeen from Kerala, Moideen Tumkoor, were present.
Shanthi Prakashana publishes books on different aspects of Islam such as social, political, economical and cultural, and theological. Till date it has come up with more than 280 titles. It also has three mobile bookstalls roaming all over Karnataka to spread the message of peace, human values and establish atmosphere of unity and brotherhood.
Shanthi Prakashana’s Kannada stall a huge hit at Sharjah International Book Fair