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Posted On: 14 June 2010 06:25 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

36 co-authors sign book in world record bid

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Thirty-six Qatar-based authors of the book My Mother, which is a collection of 79 stories written by people from across the world, jointly signed their book in an event held at DPS-Modern Indian School. The function held at the DPS-MIS auditorium was attended by about 200 people including relatives and friends of the authors, who could set a world record for the largest number of authors to sign a book. The organisers have started the process for submission of a bid to Guinness World Records and the Limca Book of Records for recognition of this feat. Dr Rashid Ali Al Dosari, Director of the Cultural Development Center, which is a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, in a speech applauded the efforts of the organisers for creating and publishing the book about mothers, and for the cultural and social values that the book promotes. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, the Indian ambassador to Qatar, who was a special guest at the event, acknowledged the important role mothers play in the lives of children during various stages of their lives. Rajeev Mathew Thomas, the global coordinator of the My Mother book project, detailed the concept and the project from its inception. He thanked Dan Verghese, who is based in the United States and was the compiler of the book. It was based on Verghese’s idea that the whole project evolved. It was Verghese’s desire to publish a story about his mother that saw people from around the world come together to pen their stories about mothers. The book has a diverse range of stories from different parts of the world, and contains stories ranging from the present to the time of World War II. A great diversity in the age of the authors is another feature of the book. The youngest author is a nine-year-old Qatar-based school student and the oldest, from the US, is well into her nineties. The book is said to contain stories that will bring back memories of everyone’s lives as one reads and explores how similar mothers across the world are. It includes a story by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, the former president of India. All the 79 co-authors of the book have been given complimentary copies of the book by Dan Verghese, who in his message, which was read out on the occasion, stated that all he wanted was to do this for his mother, and for all the mothers in the world.