Gujarati encyclopaedia ready after 25-yr effort

Good morning friends.  It will be a good news to everyone specially to students who love to read.  After 25 years of effort,  Gujarati Encyclopedia will be ready for use.  It will help many students for their school assignments, thesis, research and others.

Twenty-five volumes, 23,000 articles, 1,700 expert writers and sheer determination of 25 years have resulted in the first extensive encyclopedia in Gujarati language. This is believed to be the best encyclopedia in any regional Indian language.

Chief editor of this encyclopedia is eminent Gujarati writer Dhirubhai Thaker, the project’s pioneer. Age is no barrier for 91-year-old Dhirubhai, who took on the challenge of completing the Gujarati Vishwakosh. “The series is over and it has been a fulfilling experience for us. But this is not a full stop. This work will go on, as updation will continue to take place,” says the tireless editor who was just 66 years old when he began on this Endeavour.

Though Gujarat was formed in 1960 on linguistic basis, it was after Thaker started lobbying hard that in 1985 the Gujarati Vishwakosh Trust was set up, comprising learned scholars and people from various other walks of life.

Social worker Sakarchand Patel was among the first donors. Many others were to follow with liberal donations in funding this mammoth academic exercise which has finally cost Rs 2.5 crore.

“This was a noble task and a lot of hard work and dedication went into this enormous effort with support from hundreds of people. This is a 50th birthday gift to Gujarat,” said Kumarpal Desai, managing trustee.

Initially, 20 volumes were planned but five more volumes were added as the subjects kept on increasing. Altogether 170 subjects have been covered and volume number 25 is expected to be released on December 15.

“The encyclopaedia challenges the wrong notion that Gujaratis are only good at business. This was a literary effort of the finest kind,” says Desai.  – The Times of India


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