NEW DELHI: The Bhagwad Gita is a bestseller, controversy or no
controversy. The holy book notches up steady sales through the year. In
the last financial year, for instance, Gita Press, Gorakhpur, one of the
major publishers of the ancient Hindu scripture, sold around six lakh
copies of Gita in 13 languages.
Bookshop owners in the city maintain that the Gita sells throughout
the year. They have also noticed a small rise in the sales since the
controversy erupted late last week. "Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Kannada,
Oriya, Nepali - the book sells steadily in each of the languages we
publish. Gita is a manual for life. Those who filed the case against it
probably did not understand it," B B Tripathi, chief account officer in
the book sales department, Gita Press, Gorakhpur told TOI over phone.
Mirza Afsar Baig of the Midland bookstore in the city's Aurobindo Marg
has been selling books for over two decades.
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