A three-day book fair, titled ‘Kaishor Tarunye Boi’, drew huge crowd comprised of mostly school going children on Aided High School premises in Sylhet city.
A private television channel in association with the school organised the book fair, which began on Tuesday morning.
Eleven book publishing houses including Ikri Mikri, Kakali, Somoy, Dyu, Adorn, Babui, Katha Prakash, Uthsa, Tamralipi, Chaitanya and Pragati participated in the fair.
A large number of schoolchildren visited the fair on the opening day. The students visited different stalls set up on the fair premises offering books of diverse genres like comics, fairy tales, ghost stories, science fiction, adventure stories and others.
A student of class six Fahmida Yasmeen bought a science fiction book Abanil written by Muhammad Zafar Iqbal.
‘I have bought a few science fiction books today. I will buy some more books tomorrow’, Fahmida said.
A student of class Eighth Yameen Ahmed said he was looking for the book named Rajkanna O Ekti Matarshuti written by Asad Chowdhury, while student of class nine Mohammad Shakil said he wanted to buy a mathematics book written by Munir Hasan.
Rahim Miah, a student of class seven, said he came to the fair to buy a book on martial arts but he could not find any.
‘I visited each and every stall at the fair but could not find any books on martial arts’, said Rahim.
Headmaster of Aided High School Md Shamsher said he hopes the fair will encourage reading habits in children. ‘I think such fairs can encourage children to read diverse books. We are happy for having the opportunity to host such a fair on school premises.’
The fair ended on Thursday.
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