The stalls of government service providers and autonomous institutions have been drawing a good number of book lovers at the Bangla Academy portion of the month-long Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela this year.
Thousands of book lovers’ footsteps have fallen on Suhrawardy Udyan throughout the Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela this year, at the site has witnessed significant historic events, most importantly Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s iconic speech on March 7, 1971.
With poetry leading the tally of new arrivals, a total of 2,340 new titles hit the stalls in the first 15 days of the monthlong Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela this year, the highest at the halfway mark in last five years.
There’s a book for almost everything, whether it be showing affection to a special someone, or celebrating one’s tradition. But what happens if you need a book that can express both? Yesterday was such an occasion, because it welcomed the first day of spring while love was in the air, and there’s no book on that as of yet.
It was not the first day of spring -- according to the revised Bangla calendar, but Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela still adorned the colours of the season yesterday. Visitors showed up in shades of yellow, and the fair took on a festive mood as evening fell.
Hundreds of children surrounded Sisimpur Mancha at Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela yesterday noon, shouting, “We love to read books!” They were accompanied by mascots of the popular characters from Sesame Street’s Bangladeshi adaptation.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman remains an inseparable part of anything to do with Bangladesh, and with this year marking his birth centenary, the Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela is celebrating the Father of the Nation in full fervour.
Enthusiastic publishers -- with catalogues of their new titles -- are all set to welcome bookworms at the Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela 2020, as the book fair was seen warming up to visitors in its second day yesterday.