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Visitors complain about lack of toilet facilities at book fair

Sardar Mahabbat Ali

Visitors browse through books at a stall in Ekushey Book Fair at Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan on Monday, the third day of the fair. — New Age photoVisitors browse through books at a stall in Ekushey Book Fair at Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan on Monday, the third day of the fair. — New Age photo

Thin crowd and tight security marked the third day of Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Monday.
The stall representatives were found wearing gloomy faces, waiting for the visitors to their stalls.
Talking to New Age, they, however, expressed their hope for better days ahead during the upcoming public holidays.
Katha Prakash stall attendant Md Nazrul Islam said the number of visitors was very much poor as it was the beginning of the fair. ‘It’ll become vibrant from the next Friday, the public holiday,’ he said.
However absence of directive maps of stall location, lack of drinking water and inadequate toilet facilities are still the weaknesses the fair organisers must strive to overcome.
The stall attendants complained that the customers suffered as they could not find the location of their expected stalls.
‘The visitors cannot find our stall for lack of the direction map at the fair ground,’ said Nalanda stall representative Nipu Sarkar Erick.
Jatiya Grantha Prakashan stall representative Shudipta Biswas urged the authorities to immediately address the lack of drinking water and toilet facilities.
Visitors were seen queuing in front of some publishing houses for the titles of the late author Humayun Ahmed.
Anya Prakash, Anwesha Prakashan, Ananya and Kakali began getting response from the beginning as the visitors were found looking for the titles of Humayun, said the stall representatives.
They have been getting the good response from the visitors, they claimed.
Anya Prokash brought more than 100 titles of Humayun Ahmed and three series (7, 8 and 9) of his essays would hit the fair this year, said its press coordinator Mojammel Haque Shishir.
Also a total of 23 titles of the popular author brought out by Anwesha Prakashan attracted the visitors, said its representative Anwar Hossain.
Farouqe Ahmed of Ananya said 34 titles and 12 collections of Humayun Ahmed were brought.
A Dhaka University student, Raida Kaiyum, of law department said, ‘I have come to the fair to buy Humayan Ahmed’s books. I already bought a book Tetul Bane Jyothsna.’
A total of 60 titles hit the fair on the day with 13 collections of poetry, nine novels, eight story books, six travelogues, five collections of essays and four on liberation war.
The academy held a discussion on Maulana Akram Khan, presided over by Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque.
Abdus Sabur Khan presented the keynote paper. A cultural programme followed the seminar.
Today, the academy will hold seminar on Momtazur Rahman Tarafdar. Pervin Hasan is expected to read out the keynote paper while Ajoy Roy will preside over the programme.
A cultural programme will be held later on.
The fair usually begins every day at 3:00pm and runs till 8:30pm and on holidays it begins at 11:00am and continues till 8:30pm. On Fridays, there is an interval from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.


Visitors browse through books at a stall in Ekushey Book Fair at Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan on Monday, the third day of the fair. — New Age photo

Visitors browse through books at a stall in Ekushey Book Fair at Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan on Monday, the third day of the fair. — New Age photo



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