With sweet fragrance of Spring in the air, Valentine's Day has brought new color, feelings, hearty expression of love among the bookworms, particularly for youths and couples as they flocked to the book fair putting on wearing colorful panjabee and sarees.
The Amar Ekushey Granthamela- 2018 on Wednesday attracted a large number of visitors as the month-long mega exposition is displaying books of different genres of literature and other areas of knowledge.
With huge enthusiasm and curiosity, thousands of visitors of all ages flocked to different stalls and pavilions to find out books of their beloved writers.
Many of the female visitors wore flower crowns and red saris, bringing a festive look to the fair.
Book-lovers set aside their busy schedules to spend time together, chat, and take photos on the day of love, whether alone, as a couple, or with family members.
The fair venue has turned into a breathing space in the city of concrete, giving the teeming visitors a break from their urban lives.
While talking to BSS, visitors celebrated the day coinciding others programmes marking of the day as well as supporting universal appeal of love of global community.
The stall attendants were seen busy dealing with the visitors and big smiles flashed on the faces of the publishers as a good number of crowd thronged to different stalls and pavilions.
The month-long book fair began on February 1 on the premises of Bangla Academy and its adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the city.
Necessary security arrangements have already been made with the installation of 250 closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs) in and around the Bangla Academy complex.
The law enforcers have been deployed in large numbers to ensure foolproof security. The book fair will remain open for all from 3pm to 9pm on working days and 11am to 9pm on government holidays with a one-hour break for lunch and offering prayers. It will continue till February 28.
Two main entry gates have been erected at Teacher-Students' Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University and Doyel Chattar.
Poets and writers from 15 countries will join the International Literature Conference, 2018 to be held on February 22-23. A total of 800 stalls including 670 book stalls, 150 stalls of little magazines and some stalls of different socio-cultural organizations have been installed in the book fair covering an area of 1.50 lakh square feet.
Bangla Academy will publish 146 new books this year. The authorities for the first time have included the Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument) at the Suhrawardy Udyan as part of the book fair.
A mancha (stage) for holding publication ceremonies and programme on unveiling covers of the books has been installed at the Suhrawardy Udyan while discussions and seminars will be held every day on the main mancha erected on the Bangla Academy premises.-BSS