Publishers participating in Ekushy book fair have expressed their satisfaction with the flow of visitors of different age groups since the opening this year.
Tuesday, a busy weekday, was not an exception, with crowds of visitors pouring into the fair ground.
Ityadi Granthaprakash publisher Aditya Antar seemed happy with the crowd as he said the fair was vibrant since its begging.
Although the youngsters studying at educational institutions in Dhaka dominated the number of visitors during the busy weekdays, service holders and private entrepreneurs were also seen roaming the fair premises with family members or acquaintances.
They told New Age that they had managed time for visiting the fair after completing their professional duties.
Dhanmondi resident Anisur Rahman, accompanying five family members, including his three-year-old son Zahid, said in the afternoon that he came to the fair on weekday to avoid the weekend crowd.
Mojibur Rahman, a businessman of Madartek in the capital, came with his fifth-grader daughter Arian Afrin.
The duo was destined to buy a new dress from New Market, but had changed their mind while crossing the fair entrance at Doyel Chattar.
‘I will revisit the fair with other members of my family. Today I have bought only two books as per my daughter’s wish,’ Mojibur said.
Freedom fighters Ferdousi Haque and Lutfa Haseen were seen roaming around the fair premises and collecting catalogues of new books.
Ferdousi said she chose Tuesday for visiting the fair to escape traffic congestions as the day was commercial holiday in the western part of the capital.
Ferdousi was accompanying expatriate Lutfa who teaches mathematics and computer science at a US university.
They observed that most of the visitors were just hanging out in the afternoon as there was little opportunity of refreshment for the city people.
Pointing to the visitors chatting with their companions on the wooden benches set up at more than ten places in the two fair premises, they said that most of them might have no interest in books.
Lutfa and Ferdousi, while university students in the 60s, recalled that only bookworms were seen crowding the Bangla Academy fair premises in the initial periods of the fair.
‘Anyway, this is good to see that some city people who actually are not interested in books are visiting the fair for refreshment rather than wasting time in unproductive ways,’ said one of them.
On Tuesday, the sixth day of the fair, 138 new titles hit the bookstalls with 43 collections of poems leading the tally.
A discussion commemorating Bengali educationist and philanthropist Ashwini Kumar Dutta was held at Mela Mancha on the Bangla Academy premises.
Today, the academy will hold a discussion on Abdul Gaffar Choudhury.
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