Omor Ekushey Book Fair is a remarkable month-long event that takes place every February in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The book fair sees huge gathering of both readers and writers as well as give a common platform for readers to meet their favorite writers. It attracts both the mainstream writers and new writers to publish new books.
The month-long fair especially symbolizes the celebration of International Mother Language Day, which is on February 21. Various special events take place on that day all throughout Bangladesh, with the main event taking place at Central Shaheed Minar, not very far from where the Book Fair is located.
Every year in February, in celebration of the Mother Language Day, the book fair is held in Bangla Academy premises. It’s a wonderful place that comes alive with thousands of readers and visitors. However, I’m not a regular book fair visitor. In fact, I don’t even remember the last time I went to the book fair. The reason I don’t go to book fair is mostly the crowd. I don’t like crowd at all, which keeps me away from most fairs except for technology-oriented ones.
Anyway, the other day I decided to give the Book Fair a try. A senior friend of mine was having her two new books unveiled by renowned writer and teacher Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal. So I thought I’d stop by and take some pictures. I also planned in the process I’d get some more pictures of the book fair.
So here they are. As you probably know, I’m fairly new in photography but I do enjoy doing it. I’ve taken a lot of pictures and then got rid of most of them through culling process. Here are some that I think are good ones from the evening in Ekushey Book Fair 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Please do let me know what you think of the photographs. 🙂 Also, if you’ve been to Book Fair, don’t forget to share your experience with me in the comments section below.