‘Boi Mela’ weekend crowd makes publishers happy
21 February 2015, Nirapad News: This weekend saw a massive crowd of visitors all day at the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2015, spiking the book sales and putting a smile on the publishers’ faces.
Almost everyone leaving the fair ground was seen carrying a book or a few. Attendants at the book stalls were seen happily busy, catering to their customers.
The crowd was especially heavy from the afternoon, curious readers were seen swarming around most of the stalls and pavilions, waiting for their turn to browse and purchase books.
However, many stall attendants told that the sales went well throughout the day.
Attendants at Agamee Prakashani, Anya Prakash and Somoy Prakash could hardly spare a moment to talk to journalists in the evening as they struggled to maintain order and attend each of their customers.
The scenario was similar at the stalls and pavilions of many other publication houses spread out on the Bangla Academy premises and at the southeast corner of the Suhrawardy Udyan.
Child readers were seen equally enthusiastic to get their hands on newly published books, crowding the Children’s Corner near the famous Bottola.
Two of the visitors, Reza and Kakoli, students at Jahangirnagar University, said they had bought 11 books.
Yesterday, 264 new books were published, putting the total number of newly-published books at 2,650.
Today, the fair will remain open from 8 am to 9 pm on the occasion of the Shahid Dibosh and the International Mother Language Day.
Iliad tops the list of sales, the Bangla translation of ancient Greek epic poem “Iliad” is one of the most popular publications at the Boi Mela this year.
The creation of Homer, widely considered to be the greatest poet of all time, Iliad tells the story of the battles between a king and a warrior during the Trojan War the siege of the ancient city of Troy by a coalition of Greek states.
Dated around the eighth century BC, Iliad is considered to be oldest written work of the Western literature in existence.
The epic’s Bangla version, translated by Masrur Arefin, has been published by Pathak Samabesh and is priced at Tk1,800 for paperback copied and Tk900 for hardback copies.