Controvers sells and the latest fiasco surrounding the launch of Taslima Nasrins new book,Nirbasan,at Kolkata Book fair did not make any exception. A day after the controversial authors latest book on her exile from India in 2007 amid riot like situation in Kolkata was not allowed to have an official launch at the fair by the organisers fearing law and order problem,the sale of the book shot north.
We have sold 500-600 books on Wednesday. Havent counted the days sales yet, said publisher Shibani Mukherji.
We have ordered a reprint. The first print of 1,000 copies is sold out. We are overwhelmed with the response, she added. Bookstores and stalls at the fair are already running out of stock.
Women,in particular,are making a beeline for our stall, the publisher said insisting that the contents of the memoirs had nothing controversial.
While there was a section of Taslima devotees who picked up copies of the book from the Peoples ook Society stall,the controversy also seems to have raked up quite a bit of interest in the seventh part of Nasrins autobiography. While sales record of the launch date has been compiled,shop attendants said that the book has been the preferred choice of purchase for most customers who have been visiting the stall. And the number of footfall also seems to be on a rise.
Business school student Shubhajit Lahiri picked up a copy of Nirbasan,though he hasnt read the preceding installments of Nasrins autobiography. I havent ever read her books. However,when this incident happened,I became extremely curious about the content of the book and wanted to find out if the entire ruckus was worth it, said Lahiri.
Sambudhha Chaudhuri,a medical practicioner,also made sure that he picked up a copy of Nirbasan,following incident. I was at the fair when I saw these TV crews rushing to one corner. I went there out of curiosity. The last Taslima book I read was Lajja. So,I picked it up to figure out if the drama was justified, said Chaudhuri.