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Gandhi's autobiography is still the bestseller

Sakaal Times

MUMBAI: Mahatma Gandhi's 'The Story of My Experiments with Truth' – is by all means a bestseller – with more than 43 lakh copies being sold so far – and it still continues to attract people. More and more people are purchasing this book – which is available in a dozen languages – Indian and foreign.

“In the present context of increasing violence, terrorism and crime, the autobiography and other books of Mahatma Gandhi are inspiring many people all over the world. Gandhiji has left indelible footprints on the sand of time. Even after 62 years of his departure from the world, his thoughts and deeds have not waned,” says veteran Gandhian, TRK Somaiya of Gandhi Book Centre and Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal.

To commemorate Gandhiji's 62nd death anniversary, 300 books on and by Gandhi, Vinoba and Sarvodaya will be displayed and sold at 50% discount by Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal and Gandhi Book Centre with the financial assistance of ‘Babulnath Mandir Charities’ from January 25-30 at an especially erected Mandap at Hutatma Chowk and at Gandhi Book Centre at Nana Chowk here.

"The message in the autobiography is unique," he said pointing out that several hundred copies are sold during the annual exhibition itself.

The 'My Experiments with Truth' – as the book is also known is originally published by Ahmedabad-based Navajivan Trust is available at Rs 30 and 'The Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi' at Rs 75.

The autobiography is available in English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Telegu, Asamese, Tamil and Oriya. Besides English, the other foreign languages in which it has been published are French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean and Japanese.

Although the book did not have a great demand in the initial years of its publication the demand went up in 1984 after the release of Sir Richard Attenborough's film, Gandhi, in which Ben Kingsley essayed the role of the Mahatma, the Apostle of Peace.

Somaiya started selling the copies of the book outside cinema houses those days. When the demand for the book started going up, he set up the Gandhi Book Centre. Today the centre has nearly 200 titles on Gandhiji in different languages. There are 350 translated books.

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