Both Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan premises of Amar Ekushey Book Fair turned into a hub for lovebirds as the month-long fair drew the biggest crowd on Wednesday.
Visitors, mostly young couples wearing dresses dominated by the colour red, poured into the fair premises to celebrate the day of commitment for togetherness with one’s valentine.
Many visitors were seen sharing moments sitting beside the dear one at the open theatre gallery at Suhrawardy Udyan, near the pond on the academy premises, and wherever they could manage to sit.
Young boys and girls with digital single lens reflex cameras or smartphones were seen taking photographs and selfies while roaming around the fair premises.
Many visitors bought collections of poems and novels, especially those containing messages of love, said bookstall attendants adding that couples also exchanged books with each other.
While allowing fans and followers to take selfies and autographs in front of bookstalls displaying his titles, writer Anisul Hoque said, “Thousands of candles can be lit with fire from a single one.’ Citing book as the source of enlightenment, Anisul said, ‘A book as a long-lasting asset, is the most precious gift ever for the dear ones.’
Famous cartoonist and writer Ahsan Habib said that books entertain creative minds. ‘Hence, creative people will always love to accept books as gifts from their dear ones,’ he said.
Hafiz Adnan and Mahfuza, a couple visiting the fair, said that when visiting the fair on the day each year they become nostalgic about their early romantic days of their university period.
Annesha Prakashan publisher Shahadat Hossain expressed satisfaction with book sales at his stall though the turnover was not as high as he expected for the number of visitors.
On Wednesday, 192 new titles hit the bookstalls with 73 collections of poems leading the tally, followed by 27 novels and 22 titles of short stories.
A total of 1,932 new titles, including 573 collections of poems, 335 novels, 259 books of short stories, 63 books for children and 45 research-based books, hit the fair in the first two weeks of the fair.
Singers Khurshid Alam, Murshiduddin Ahmed, Kamalika Chakrabarti and Champa Banik enthralled the audience presenting songs at the Mela Mancha of the fair.
Today at Mela Mancha, the academy will hold a discussion on the practice of Bengali literature in the Arakan state-council.
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