Om Books releases Astérix comics in Hindi
In presence of the Ambassador of France to India, HE Alexandre Ziegler, Om Books International has released the first four albums of the Astérix comics series in Hindi at the Residence of France in New Delhi. Present at the release event were the co-translators, Dipa Chaudhuri and Puneet Gupta, who shared their experience of translating the adventures of Astérix, the globally acclaimed comic series, from French to Hindi. Alexandre Ziegler said, “It’s an immense pleasure to take part in the release of the first four Asterix albums in Hindi. Asterix’ strength – apart from the superhuman one he acquires through the druid’s magic potion – is his ability to please and renew his audience, generation after generation. The characters embodying French spirit are timeless and such a part of French heritage.”
Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International remarked, “I have grown up devouring Astérix comics. In fact, I would wait with bated breath for the subsequent album to be released. And I was amazed at the amount of cultural history that these apparent comics are replete with. Every character has been so carefully crafted. Every dialogue has layers of meanings. It was back then that I had decided that, someday, I would love a Hindi edition of this series.” Astérix comics are amongst the most widely read comic series in the world, and have been translated into over 100 languages. The series first appeared in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote on 29th October 1959. It was written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. The first four albums—Astérix: Gaulwasi Astérix; Astérix: Sone Ki Darati; Astérix: Astérix Aur Gawthwasi; and Astérix: Astérix Talwarbaz— are now available in Hindi, published by Om Books International.