Gulshan Books, a Kashmiri publishing house at Jammu and Kashmir’s Nehru Park has found its way into the Limca Book of Records 2018 for its wide collection of 80,000 books.
I feel proud of the achievement,” said Sheikh Ajaz Ahmad, owner and CEO of Gulshan Books House.
A division of Sheikh Muhammad Usman and Sons, Gulshan Books is the only bookshop-library on a lake. Gulshan books have a reading room and a cafe, where a reader can enjoy their favourite books over a cup of tea or coffee for as long as they want.
The publishing house has displayed a wide variety of books and literature based on the valley. The owner, Ahmad willingly offers free shikara (boat) rides to everyone keen to read books on Kashmir and its literature.”
Farman Ali, a local author said, “This is a moment of pride for all of us. The publishing house is focusing on the heritage of the valley. It is preserving the culture of the valley and giving a lot of encouragement and a platform to show their work to the budding authors.”
Sheikh Ajaz also mentioned that they have been preserving the work of local authors and also book written on Kashmir for the past 80-90 years.
Sheikh Ajaz who represents the fifth generation in the book business believes the book-reading in Kashmir is steadily picking up. To which he added, “My great-grandfather started this work. I am fifth on the line carrying it. Our family is in this profession from past 80-90 years. This recognition is a moment of pride for us.”