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Amar Ekushey Boi Mela

Little magazine publishers pass dull days

Anisur Rahman
Little magazine publishers  pass dull days
Young booklovers thumb through books at a stall on the 9th day of month-long ‘Amar Ekushey Boi Mela’ on Suhrawardy Udyan premises in the capital yesterday. Independent photo

Publishers at the little Magazine Corner, one of the most attracted portions in the month long-book fair on the Bangla Academy premises, are witnessing continuous dull days while other publishers of Suhrawardi Udyan part is gaining momentum this year.
However, stall owners at the corner expected a large sale of books on the occasion of February 21 as the huge numbers of booklovers will gather at the fair venue on the day of language movement.
“People who read literature and are engaged in academic activities or research generally buy magazines from their favourite stalls that is why youths are our key buyers” said Sanjib Porohito, a poet and owner of the ‘Darkak’ at the corner.
However, Bangla Academy authorities have dedicated a corner, including 95 stalls of little magazines, which are adjacent to Bardhaman House on the Bangla Academy premises.  The prominent stall including Megh, Punoscho, Polok, Chandrachap, Nisarga, Dar Kak, Chal Chitra, Ulukhagra, kheya, Kabitabangla, Shalok, Golpokotha, Sadakagoz, Ortho, Kabi, Sudhosor, Dhomoni, Sinho are selling their magazines.
These stalls displayed little magazines -weekly, fortnightly, monthly and quarterly – with various types of write-ups, including poems, stories, novels and articles, said the publishers.
Arafat Sarker, publisher of Meghdut, however, urged Bangla Academy to set up their stalls at Suhrawardi Udyan venue with other renowned publication from next year as most of the visitor only visits extension part of the fair.
He said, “The demands of little magazines are not so huge in this modern age while many people are likely to browse internet and blogs to read their favourite novels, poems etc”.
“On the other hand price of these magazines are so cheap to maintain our printing costs and other management including stall costs” he added.
Joyonto, a salesman of Shabdaghar, said that the country’s people are now welcoming the magazine publication as some outstanding little magazines are also selling in a large extent at the district level.
Meanwhile, visitors to the fair, although small in number, are checked with metal detectors at the entrance, while some security personnel search bags they carry. Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police were seen deploying important points on the fair premises to avert any untoward situation.
In the afternoon, Bangla Academy held a discussion on “Diamond Jubilee of Bangla Academy: publication activities” held at the main stage on the academy premises.    
Meanwhile, a total of 110 books arrived on the 9th day of book fair amid the small crowd.  
The new arrivals include 28 books on poetry, 20 stories, 15 novels, 4 biographies, 3 books on children and other books   

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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