Srinagar, Jan 15: Limca Book of Records has included the name of Gulshan Books Kashmir-one of the publishing house with a collection of well over 80,000 books at its Nehru Park outlet in its 2018 edition Page No: 79.
The owner and the CEO of the Publishing House Sheikh Ajaz Ahmad told news agency CNS that he feels proud about it.
Gulshan Books is a division of Sheikh Mohammad Usman & Sons. This has been for the first time that a bookstore in India has been included in the Limca Book of Records.
“Given the commitment and the resolve to make a mark in the book industry especially after the devastating 2014 floods, I’d say this was long overdue,” Ahmad said. “In a place where the book-reading habits are slowly picking up, staying afloat is pretty encouraging.”
Under the title, “Only Bookshop-Library On A Lake”, the Limca Book writes: Gulshan Books, a bookshop set up in May 2016, has a reading room, a cafe, and over 80,000 books. This bookshop-cum-library, on the Nehru Park Island of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, can be reached by a shikara ride. The owner, Sheikh Ajaz Ahmad (46), willingly offers free shikara rides to everyone keen to read books on Kashmir and its literature.”
The Limca mention, Ahmad says, is a cherry on the cake.
Ahmad who represents the fifth generation in the book business believes the book-reading in Kashmir is steadily picking up, envisaging thus a great prospect for the business here. (CNS)