Literacy

Ekushey Book Fair turns a place for youths’ rendezvous

DHAKA The Amar Ekushey Book Fair, the loving place

for book lovers, publishers, writers and enthusiasts, has turned into a grand

meeting place for friends of different ages, especially for the people of

young generation.

Youths from different neighborhoods and educational institutions come in

groups to exchange books as gifts, visit various stalls, join conversations

on different contemporary literature issues and hang out with friends.

While visiting the book fair premises BSS correspondent found that a good

number of students, wearing school and college uniforms, were hanging out in

groups, having foods at stalls and taking selfies with each other considering

the fair venue as a place for rendezvous.

They said though sometimes their goal is not to buy books, they absorb much

from the atmosphere as various cultural and literary events take place at the

fair venue. Meeting favorite writers is also a key attraction for many

people.

Kawsar Ahmed, a student of Bir Shreshtha Noor Mohammad Public College who

came to the book fair with his eight friends, said this is a grand place to

hang out with friends, meet favorite writers and being introduced with

renowned persons.

We came today not to buy books but to get idea about the new books being

hit the fair. We will come to the fair some other days to buy new books, he

added.

Anisha Islam, a third student of Dhaka University, said, Like previous

year, I made plans to spend some days at the fair. Even if I cannot buy books

regularly, I will try to visit every day for once as it is inside my campus.

We can get books, we can hang out and chat and we can learn about

contemporary literature which has made the fair as a favorite place for us,

she added.

Rabeya Basri, student of Hamdard Public College, said, We can buy books

from anywhere but whenever we come to the fair venue it gives us extra

happiness for the tremendous atmosphere. I came here with 350 of my fellows

and teachers.

A total of 152 new books were launched at the book fair. A discussion on

the book 'Daktickit O Mudray Bangabandhu' (Bangabandhu in Postage Stamp and

Specie) was held at the main platform of the book fair with Governor of

Bangladesh Bank Fazle Kabir in the chair.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)