Ekushey book fair draws large crowds






The Amar Ekushey-2022 Book Fair drew huge crowds on Friday, the third weekend after its opening, as they visited the venue to shop and explore new publications.

The growing number of visitors has also resulted in better sales for most publishers.

“Shishu Prohor”, an hour dedicated to children, was a special attraction of the day.

Shammas Abdullah, a fourth-grade student, came to the fair with his parents to buy comic books and drawings.

“I am delighted to see so many books in one place as I come to the fair for the first time,” he said.

Popular characters from Sisimpur, a children’s television series aimed at learning with joy, performed on site to entertain the children.

A visitor Atiq Marjuq accompanied his children to introduce them to books beyond their school curriculum.

“Books can be a good alternative to electronic gadgets for children if they can convince them of the pleasure of reading,” he said. The book fair has always been the best opportunity in this regard, added Mr. Marjuq.

He expressed his satisfaction with the overall organization of the fair which spans a wide area of ​​Suhrawardy Udyan in addition to the compound of the Bangla Academy.

However, the dust on the fairground is hurting many people, especially children, he observed.

Indeed, visitors must wear a face mask to protect themselves from dust. It also helps contain the spread of the coronavirus, he said.

“I think the fair draws a good crowd as there is a downward trend in coronavirus infection,” Marjuq said.

Many book lovers don’t want to miss the event this time because it didn’t sit last year.

The sales representative of Children Heaven Publication said that they get good responses from customers regarding their educational accessories in addition to their hobby books.

“We offer a magic writing notebook at a discount rate of 600 Tk compared to ordinary 800 Tk,” he told FE.

He said, however, that their turnover was below their expectations given the crowds on Friday.

The fair, which has been extended until March 17, is open to book lovers between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily, while doors remain open from 11 a.m. on public holidays.

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