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Officials receive new book volume

Salaseini Moceiwai
Monday, February 04, 2013

A NEWLY-LAUNCHED book titled India-Fiji: Experiences to Remember was distributed to a group of government officials in Labasa last week.

The 452-page volume that was launched by the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in Suva last month featured stories that explored experiences of scholars, writers and visitors from Fiji to India.

Co-edited by outgoing director for the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) Dr Kamal Kishor Mishra and Professor Satendra Nandan, the book was sponsored by the ICC.

Dr Mishra said some of the articles were also written by Indian writers who visited Fiji some years back.

"The book speaks more of the authors' experiences for the two countries," he said.

"It took at least three years for us to put together this volume and we are really grateful that we have managed to compile something that will enhance the relationship of India and Fiji."

Dr Mishra said the volume could also be a souvenir that the people of Fiji would remember him for.

"My experience here in Fiji has been inspiring and I will always treasure the memories I have with me when I return to India in a few weeks' time."

The book was handed to the Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica, special administrator for Savusavu and Labasa towns Vijay Chand and other relevant stakeholders on Friday night.

Dr Mishra was hosted to a farewell dinner in Labasa where he also gave more musical instruments.

He praised the people of the Northern Division by saying that they were very friendly and accommodating of their visitors.

He said he hoped that the people of the north would remember him by the musical instruments he gave them.