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12 May, 2021 09:42:38 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 May, 2021 08:11:21 AM
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Banker Harun sets up salon-based library in Dhaka’s Nawabgabj

A bookworm makes the difference
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Banker Harun sets up salon-based library in Dhaka’s Nawabgabj
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Harun Ar Rashid walks miles and travels from one village to another carrying a bag full of books on his shoulder.  He buys the books with his own funds and lends them to people without any charge.

After a few weeks, he again visits the villages and the villagers return the books to him and borrow new ones from the fresh lot he brings in with him. He has been doing this great job for the past 12 years.

Currently, he has been covering covers about 20 villages in Nawabgang upazila of Dhaka district, spurring an innovative reading revolution in the region.

A banker by profession, Harun Ar Rashid is a complete bookworm. If you want to see his indomitable love for books, you have to go to Nawabganj near Dhaka.

Born in Gobaria village of Kuliarchar Upazila of Kishoreganj, the book-loving man completed his post-graduation from a private university and has been working with Grameen Bank in Nawabganj, where he built the paradise of his book. His tiny house is just filled with books. Numerous books are in his collection. Every corner of his house is filled up with books of different genres. 

Harun has now come up with an initiative to build a salon-based library and has made it successful in his own way. His latest initiative has registered more appreciation. This exceptional salon-based library was set up at Subrata Hair Cutting Salon in Kolakopa Bazar under Nawabganj Upazila.

The purpose is to give books to people of different classes and professions who come to the salon for hair dressing. The main objective of his initiative is to make a section of society book-oriented. He said anyone can join the initiative to promote the book offline with the slogan 'Boi Houk Nityasangi' (Let books become your all time companion).

This exceptional library will be built step by step wherever opportunities arise in different parts of Bangladesh. In the first phase, books by famous authors of Bangladesh, including those popular among the young generation, have been kept in his salon library. 

This book peddler has been working with books online and offline for a long time. Even the coronavirus lockdown last year could not keep him confined as he visited door to door and delivered books among the people to give peace of mind to many.

He was honoured with the Best Social Activist of Bangladesh by the Africa Asia Youth Foundation in recognition of the new initiatives with books and the endeavour of making the internet-oriented generation to book oriented. 

Asked about his dream with books, Harun, who has been working with books offline and online for more than a decade, said confidently, “I want to spread the words of books from villages to towns and from one place to another.”

KK

 

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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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