Aizawl, Mar 13 (UNI) Although Christianity brought about a near total transformation in Mizoram, the Quran was the top seller during the first Book Fest held here, which concluded yesterday.
Goodword Books, coming all the way from New Delhi to open a stall at the Book Fest, sold more than 500 copies of The Holy Quran translated into English by Abdullah Yusuf Ali.
Maybe it was the price that was enticing, only Rs 20. But still, to sell so many copies of the Quran in Christian-dominated Mizoram was still a surprise to the organisers.
Maybe the terrorist phenomena of the past few years could be the reason because another best seller was a booklet entitled 'Islam and Terrorism'. The number of copies sold could not be ascertained because the shop decided to keep mum about it on tax grounds.
Though the sellers refused to divulge the exact number of books sold, yet they admitted that all their copies had been sold out.
Another best selling book was the 'VatSayar Kamasutra'. It was lapped up by the public, the sellers of the book said. Also in great demand was Ved and Ramayan as well as Gitanjali. These books were sold by Vishu Books of New Delhi.
Although most stall keepers were reluctant to divulge their sales figure, a local book store which opened a stall at the Book Fest said they sold more than one lakh worth of books on the last day of the fair.
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