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Rain mars Ekushey book fair

Sardar Mahabbat Ali

Rain and inclement weather left the Amar Ekushey Book Fair in a dismal condition on Sunday.
A small number of booklovers visited the fair at the Bangla Academy and its extended part at Suhrawardy Udyan as both venues became muddy and slippery owing to the daylong drizzle.
Publishers and their stall attendants, fair organisers, law enforcers and also makeshift vendors beside the fair grounds were found passing lazy time, with a few visitors to deal with.
Youngsters, sheltering themselves from rain under umbrellas, however, headed towards the fair.
‘I love such drizzle,’ said a Dhaka University student Prianka Kundu who came with her boyfriend and got drenched in the late afternoon.
She said they would like to hang out in the drizzle with her beloved one, and expressed her satisfaction over visiting the fair.
Rain water, which collected here and there on the fair premises, caused discomfort to the visitors.
The stall representatives had to cover their collections with polythene sheets to protect them from getting soaked. Electricity also remained off.
Water trickled inside some of the stalls and reportedly damaged books, a number of stall representatives complained, ‘because of the poor infrastructure provided by the fair organiser’.
Oitijjhya chief executive Arifur Rahman Nayeem said the some book lovers visited the fair defying the rain but in the evening they left the fair as they were not able to browse their favourite books in the absence of power.
Stalls of copyright office, Brail Publication, Micros Digital Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Unnayan Gonbesana Pratisthan, Banalata Prakashani, Sandesh Prakashani, among others, were found closed at around 6:00pm.
When asked, the fair organising committee member secretary Shahida Khatun said electricity was off with a view to averting accident of short circuit during rain.
Meanwhile, only 59 new titles hit the fair on the day, while 13 others were unveiled. Collections of poetry with 17 books led the tally, followed by 11 books of stories and eight novels.
A discussion on knowledge-based society and digital Bangladesh was held. Nazrul Islam Khan read out the keynote paper and Jamilur Reza Choudhury presided over the session. A cultural programme was held later on.
Today, the academy will hold a discussion on Mahmudul Haque. Abu Hena Mostafa Enam will read out the keynote paper, while Hasan Azizul Haque is scheduled to chair the programme.
A cultural programme will follow the seminar.
The fair is open from 3:00pm to 8:30pm, but on weekends and holidays, it remains open from 11:00am till 8:30pm with a break for two hours beginning at 1:00pm.




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