Day 2, book fair is already buzzing

There was no way to understand that it was just the second day of the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela yesterday. Not even a weekend afternoon, the day saw a sizeable crowd visiting the fair as soon as its gates opened. Throughout the day, the fairgrounds saw these visitors having a chat over some tea and buying a good number of books.

“A lot of people were present in the evening. This is definitely positive for us,” said Masud Rana, manager of Abosar Publications. “While the sales aren’t great yet, it’s not bad at all. We can safely say from this that the coming days are only going to get better.”

During his visit, this correspondent came across cultural personality Ramendu Majumder at Suhrawardy Udyan. Holding several freshly-bought books, he told The Daily Star this year’s layout has been nice and that he feels comfortable moving around. “I would like to propose something for the fair’s future. The stage at Bangla Academy that hosts cultural programmes and seminars can be brought to Suhrawardy Udyan so that more people can attend them.”

According to Bangla Academy, 18 new books were published at the fair on Wednesday.

Among them are Mujahidul Islam Selim’s “Muktijuddher Kathakata: Bhule Thaka Hobe Aporadh” (Agami), Sajjad Hussain’s “Soumitrakkhor” (Chhapakhanar Bhoot), Ghulam Murshid’s “Bidyasagarer Dusho Bachhar” (Abosar) and Muhammad Zafar Iqbal’s “Ami Poramanob” (Somoy).

In the afternoon, a discussion titled “Golden Jubilee of Independence: Bangladesh in Progress of Development”, was held at the main stage, where Subhash Singh Roy presented an essay.


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