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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 27/01/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) This is a bookshop of a different kind. A mobile one, but not on wheels.

Meet Saleh bin Nagim bin Saleh al Alawi, who is promoting his books at Muscat Festival in Amerat Park with a loudspeaker.

Traditionally dressed “ khanjar, mussar, et al “ anyone could mistake him to be an employee of Muscat Municipality making announcements.

''I am asking people to read my books. Since people of all ages and nationalities come to the festival, there is no better place to promote them.

But why with a loudspeaker? ''Not all who come to this festival are interested in reading, and many ignore a stall selling books. Expatriates think I am here on behalf of Muscat Municipality and making announcements. They are surprised that I am selling my books in this manner.

''I am also promoting reading. It increases your knowledge and makes you confident.''

Alawi has authored five books, these include story books, books related to Oman's history and books of oetry. Ask him where one can buy them and he says, ''You can get it in any library. You can get it in Hamed Kharat al Rasheed private bookshop. I am also carrying photocopies of pages from some of my books.''

To prove his point, he takes out a photocopy of an Arabic poem. Titled Prosperous Muscat, the work praises His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and the city.

''People will want to read extracts of my work, so I am carrying photocopies of a few pages. I mainly write poems. It takes a long time to complete a book,'' he said.

Hailing from Sur, this is his tenth year at the festival. ''In Amerat this is my second year. Promoting your own book is no easy task. It's toiling. I get tired and stop as it gets dark,'' he said.

However, not many come querying about his work or books, he says. ''We have several stalls for food, games, gadgets and clothes, but a book stall is a rare sight. I wish children would show the same eagerness in visiting an ice-cream or mobile stall at a b


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