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American Books Get Indian Looks

By: Murali Kamma Email By: Murali Kamma
September 2010
American Books Get Indian Looks The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama is now called The Dawn of Hope.

No, the U.S. President and his publisher are not coming out with a new, revised version of the book. Asha ka Savera (The Dawn of Hope) is, in fact, the Hindi translation of Obama’s political manifesto. It’s just one of 50 Hindi-language translations that have been offered to readers at the American Center Library in Delhi. And that’s part of an ambitious initiative to reach Hindi-speaking readers in India.

More books by well-known Americans will be released in Hindi translations. The other titles released so far include Mark Twain’s Bahadur Tom (Tom Sawyer), Hillary Clinton’s Bachche Humara Bhavishya (It Takes a Village) and Antariksh Pari Sunita Williams. Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai also have American Center Libraries. Altogether, as per one source, the American Centers have over 82,000 books, 580 print periodicals and 10,000 journals in electronic format. Indians can become members for a nominal fee.

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