As usual, the Ekushey book fair has kicked off on the Bangla Academy premises and Suhrawardy Uddyan. Surely this fair boosts the habit of reading, as readers from different age groups throng the book fair. Readers can meet their favourite authors there. Even toddlers move around the stalls and look for their coveted books. It is said that the habit of reading is waning as there is a plethora of other sources of information and entertainment -- computers, tablets and e-books. But nothing compares with the fresh smell of new books.
But the dwellers of other cities are deprived of such a book fair. We hope that similar type of book fairs will be arranged in other cities of the country.