In the present world, full of modern technologies like i-phones, tabs and e-books, it is difficult to believe that many people still interested in buying Gandhi books. But a week-long exhibition-cum-sale of Gandhi Books proves that Gandhiji's teachings are relevant than ever.
About 13,800 Gandhi-Vinoba-Sarvodaya books (in English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati) worth about Rs. 5.52 lakhs were sold within six days at the books exhibition organized by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal and Gandhi Book Centre with the financial assistance from 'Babulnath Mandir Charities' and 'Mahalaxmi Mandir' at Hutatma Chowk and Gandhi Book Centre at Nana Chowk from 27th January to 1st February to commemorate 66th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. About 2,550 copies of 'Gandhi's Autobiography' and 1,365 Sets of 'Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi' were top-selling books at the exhibition. Other Gandhi books on economics, politics, education, law, religion, health etc. were also popular. We were happy to note that most of those who frequented the stall were youngsters. Many visitors requested to organize this kind of exhibition at various place through-out the year.
Feedback from the book-buyers at the stall shows the impact of Gandhi’s philosophy on society. Shri Deepak Pande, Lawyer said that we read about Gandhiji in history class during school days. But it is now necessary for me to read Gandhi again in this corporate environment. Primary school teachers Gajanan Shimple and Madhukar Shinde said that we buy the books to learn and eventually pass the information to our students. Documentaries on Gandhi and Movies like Lage Raho Munnabhai are the best way to teach students.
In the present context of increasing violence, terrorism & crime, Autobiography and other books of Mahatma Gandhi are inspiring many people all over the world. This year, up to now, more than 2.5 lakh copies of best-seller book, 'An Autobiography' of Mahatma Gandhi in fifteen Indian languages are being sold by Navjivan Trust. After reading Gandhi books, many people have decided to follow the path of Truth and Non-Violence and are striving to sustain morality by practicing peaceful conflict resolution which is the need of the hour.
About 14,400 people from all over the world visited our Gandhi websites www.mkgandhi.org on 30th January to collect the information about Mahatma Gandhi, peace, non-violence and related subjects.