The fourth day of the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela was infused with great smell and music. Added on top of that was the sound of flipping the pages of the new books that came to the fair, bringing their own music.
The Suhrawardy Udyan venue of the book fair saw the gathering of creative publishers, who decorated their stalls and pavilions according to their ideas and tastes. Readers came from all over the country, not just the capital.
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Munsi Rouf Miah came to the fair with his children from Tangail. “I came to visit my aunt who is ill. We are supposed to leave Dhaka on Sunday. Before that, I brought the children to the book fair to get them books of their preferences.”
Banker Sushmita Raihan, on the other hand, went solo to yesterday’s fair. “Books are my best friends, so I thought to pay them a visit,” she said with a smile.
Although the sales are yet to take off, the fourth day of the fair showed some promise with the arrival of readers. Amjad Hossain Kajal, manager of Oitihjya Prakashan, said the number of visitors is gradually increasing. “The sales are not great yet, but they are not bad either,” he said.
Masud Rana, manager of Abosar, said, “This year’s fair has been raising our hope from the very beginning. Sales are increasing slowly but the number of people is keeping our hopes alive.”
Children in particular had a jolly time on the fourth day of the fair, in the company of their favourite characters Tuktuki, Halum, Ikri and Shiku from Sisimpur. One such child, Raisa Jahan, who came from Lalbagh, said she had a fun time dancing with her favourite characters, while little Rabbi said he only came to the fair to meet his favourites from Sisimpur.
Amid the fun and merriment, they also interacted with the children on multiple educational topics, much to the joy of the children’s parents as well.
According to Bangla Academy, 113 new books were published on the fourth day of the fair.