Travelogues at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair have been drawing attention of visitors mostly curious about knowing other people, culture and locations far beyond their everyday life.
Travelogues offering an illustrated record of the places visited by a traveller or the experiences gained there contain not only glimpses of the locations but also brief descriptions of the local people, their culture and heritage — broadly their lives that soothe curious readers’ minds, think many travellers.
Despite technological advancements facilitating handy access to details with photographs and descriptions about domestic and international destinations, aspiring travellers still throng the book stalls displaying travelogues due to the intimate details provided in those books by well-known and experienced travellers, said stall attendants.
The growing enthusiasm of domestic tourists was the main reason for travelogues becoming popular, they observed.
Like the past few years, a good number of travelogues have already hit the book fair this year.
Oitijjhya has published Bulbul Sarwar’s two volumes of Mahabharater Pothe, Kyushu University professor Ashir Ahmed’s Japan Kahini-4 and Iftekhar Amin-translated HAR Gib’s Travels of Ibn Batuta.
Utso Prakashan has brought out Fazlur Rahman Jewel-authored Kulaurar Pothe Pothe depicting the history of the north-eastern locality while narrating travel stories.
Shobha Prakash has published Momotaj Begum’s Deshe Deshe Mor Ghor Ache, containing stories of her travels to places in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Besides, Kathaprakash has published Shakoor Majid’s collection of four volumes of travelogues; Somoy has published Farid Ahmed’s Tushar Rajyo Kashmir o Bhutan while Anindya has published Liakat Hossain’s Bhu-sorgo Chottogram, Saat Oisharjo Bhromon.
Abosor Prakashana Sangstha has announced to bring out Baren Chakrabartee’s Painting-er Kromobikash o Amar Dekha Shera Dos and Mustafiz Mamun’s Dekhun Bangladesh.
Mohammad Shariful Islam’s 64 Jelay Ja Dekhechi and Cycle Bhromoner Rojnamcha will be published by Agamee Prakashani.
Writer Bulbul Sarwar said, ‘The travelogue is a writer’s compilation of short stories that help readers feel the thrill of travelling.’
Shakoor Majid said, ‘The readers do not feel interested in a flat description of a tourist destination. Rather they want a humane description about a location and the locals so that they can visualise the place in their minds.’
Oitijjhya owner Arifur Rahman said that the number of travelogues coming out in the country as well as the number of readers of the genre was growing every day.
According to Bangla Academy information centre, at least 44 travelogues hit the stalls till Thursday. Last year, the number was 35 on the 15th day of the fair.
On the day, 144 new titles hit the stalls with 44 titles of poems leading the tally followed by 23 novels and 20 books of short stories.
On the 15th day of the fair, the academy held a discussion on the practice of Bengali literature in the Arakan state-council.
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