Young people shared their plans and memories of Ekushey Book Fair with New Age Youth
Md Ashikur Rahman
University of Dhaka
EVERY year when February comes, my campus is filled with thousands of book lovers. It's absolutely a pleasure to see the bonding between writers and readers. Ekushey Book Fair is an opportunity to sail in the ocean of books, to meet many authors, thinkers and voracious readers who are gathering at the premises of Bangla Academy for more than buying a book. I usually visit there once in a week in the whole month to see the new books arriving. This year I would like to buy all the new books of Zafar Iqbal and Anisul Hoque. I am a big fan of science fiction books. Whenever I read science fiction, I feel like I am also a character in the story. It was my dream to meet Zafar Iqbal. But unfortunately I didn't manage to meet with him this year. Last year, fortunately I met him. I was extremely happy when I got a book from him with autograph. I won't forget the moment in my life. If you really want to refresh yourself, visit the book fair at least once.
BEING a bibliophile or so, the anticipation for Ekushey Book Fair runs in me from January itself. The experience of peeking into different stalls to have a look at their offerings is often an exciting thing to do and at the same time confusing because you cannot buy all the books. And the choice of the book forgone costs emotions and indeed really hurts. This year my plans include picking up not only as many books as last year but also trying a different genre known as crime fiction penned down by Bengali writers. I intend to buy books of Satyajit Ray whose crime fictions put reviews to a fix. The inception of my journey to book fair and book reading started from my grandfather gifting me the books that he wrote. Holding his hand towards the book fair I glanced at the gathering of the book admirers where they line up in stalls to pick their most awaited books to read. My favourite memory includes my grandfather buying me a Cinderella book which I read, re-read and continued to read until the pages were drifted from the cover. Ever since then, the twenty eight days of February is paradise to me. The fair ignites the writer in me, makes me tap on fresh pages and makes me wove dreams to write a book on my own in the near future.
Govt Saadat University College, Tangail
THE book fair of Ekushey reminds me of martyred brave souls and its sprit leads my mind set to immense respect for our mother tongue. Much agony, happiness, and sorrow, after all, a different kind of feelings prevails in my heart throughout the whole month of February. This month is happiness to me, because the great festival in Bangladesh which goes on throughout the month of February. This fair is such a unique fair that makes me interested to read a lot of books that's why I always go to collect different kinds of books like science fiction, poetry, and language movement related books of eminent writers. But it has become a habit for me, because only during this festival, I collect the unread books of my dearest writer like our rural poet Jashim Uddin and Zahir Rayhan. At one hand, I discover myself in the painted rural scenery and on the other hand, I go back to the language movement through these two eminent writers.
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