Amar Ekushe Granth Mela is going to start next Thursday. At the last moment, the work pressure has increased in the stalls of the book fair. There is still a lot of infrastructure work left in most of the stalls.
Publishers say a week is not enough time to set up a stall. Bangla Academy says that there may be temporary difficulties for the first day or two. Meanwhile, those concerned say that the Metrorail facility will add a new dimension to the Book Fair.
In Suhrawardy Udyan of the capital, it can be seen on the surface, everyone is busy preparing for the last period of the book fair. Infrastructure is being built with wood. Someone’s busy with color. To make their stall attractive to the readers, the publishers are busy bringing variations in the theme like every time. Such a picture shows that the book fair is not late.
Writer and professor of Dhaka University who came to see the preparation of the book fair. Baitullah Qaderi said, ‘I can smell raw bamboo and wood. Amidst these smells and sounds, I came to see how preparations for the fair were going on. Book fair is a fair of life. There is an emotion working in those of us who are writers, literary people.’
Proprietor of Navanna Publishing. Aminur Rahman Sultan said, ‘Last year the stall was decorated with rickshaw paintings. This time zoom is being decorated with images of farming. As Machang is made during Zoom, this time Machang house is the main theme.’
Fair stalls were allocated last Tuesday. The infrastructure work of many stalls is left. Publishers complain that they have to rush to work in such a short time.
Publisher of Ananya Prakashani. Monirul Islam said, ‘It gives us so little time that it becomes very difficult to build a stall. Those who work in severe winter nights suffer.’
Meanwhile, the fair authorities said that 100% of the work will be completed within a day or two of the start of the fair. KM Mujahidul Islam, director of Bangla Academy and member secretary of the Amar Ekushey Book Fair Management Committee, said, ‘It is taking time to complete the work because the time is a little short. But with the way things are going, I am sure that maybe after a day or two everything will be back to normal.’
Bangla Academy says that recently Dhaka University Metrorail station adjacent to the gate of the fair has been opened, which will facilitate the travel of the readers coming to the fair.