Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2007

Book Fair 2007 has a different flavor. First of all, because of significant improvement in the law and order situation, thousands of people are visiting this year’s Boi Mela. Secondly, Bangla Academy authority has tried a lot to make the fair a quality fair in terms of rules and regulations. It’s not that they have seen total success but still they could do better than the last few years. Finally, this Book Fair 2007 received a huge amount of media coverage in Bangladeshi TV channels. Some channels are broadcasting live programs from the book fair premise at Bangla Academy. TV viewers can see information about many new books and writers.

I am happy to see that writers in Bangladesh are getting more and more recognition in the media. When I was a child in the 1980s, most people were crazy for Indian writers. Now, things have changed a lot and Bangladeshi writers are flourishing thanks to Bangla Academy book fair. Of course, the time has not come yet in Bangladesh that many writers can earn their livelihood just by writing alone but I am sure that that day will come very soon.

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