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Book fair livens up with young crowds

  • Published at 12:30 am February 18th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:41 am February 18th, 2017
Book fair livens up with young crowds
With Falgun underway, many young women were dressed in yellow saris and garlands in their hair while the young men wore panjabis. Some came in groups, some with family members, and others as couples, Didar Mohammad visited the fair with six university friends, buying books, strolling through the grounds, taking photos, and chatting, which they’ve done each year without fail since 2010. Didar, an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholar, is on a short break from his graduate studies at Bangalore university. Giash Uddin Khasru of Jhinge Phul publication said the fair can be a way to build children’s minds by providing them with good books. Another book stall owner said: “From the morning children have come up to us with their family members asking for cartoon books and comics.” Special events catered to the children drew a huge response from them and their families, namely the “Children’s Corner,” visits by the characters of “Sisimpur,” a music competition, and others. The children had a grand time playing with the characters of the children’s show. Artists Eakub Ali, Abu Bakr Siddque and Shagorika Jamil judged the music competition whose results will be unveiled on February 24. Results of a children’s art competition were also made public, with the prize-giving ceremony to be held on February 25. At a seminar on “Poems of the 1980s,” the keynote speaker, poet Kumar Chakrabarti said, poets of that era were changemakers and paved the way for today’s poets and writers. Poet Rubi Rahman presided over the seminar. A total of 241 new books were brought out with 64 being formally unveiled.