Monday, February 22, 2010

At the Book Fair (Ekushey Boi Mela)

Dhaka's largest book fair - Boi Mela in Bengali - happens every February to coincide with February 21st, the Language Day.

Some came alone to the Boi Mela...



...but many waited in line with friends...



...and of course someone had to bring the books :-(



There were many kinds of bookstalls, from the picturesque...



...to the decisively child-friendly...



... the downright mysterious...



... and the profitable.



Most kids had a blast. While some showed off new treasures...



... others seemed to enter magical storylands...



....as Mommy and son discussed a possible acquisition.



Some kids probably found the whole thing overwhelming...



...and wished they were on top of the world...



...or playing peekaboo with the photographer!



And how about the adults? Well, books were not on the mind of some adults...



...while others seemed just a little lost.



Elsewhere, friends shared a joke...



... and discussed a hot topic, or maybe a pretty girl?



But still... Boi Mela is about the books, after all...



...and while some people's choices raised questions...



...most went home happy with their booty...



...except of course those who just could not wait!



[Updated on Feb 25 with two new photos...]

12 comments:

Bhaswati said...

Enjoyed this a lot. Thanks for bringing these images to us!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, arty pictures. As Bhas said, thank you.

susan abraham
http://www.suzanabrams2010.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog. Your photographs are always amazing, and this post is one of the best yet!

~ Simika

Photo Cache said...

What a neat coverage. The pix are very nice.

ulysses said...

Bhaswati, Susan, Simika and Photo Cache - thanks very much for looking at the photos!

Ihtisham

Lopa Tasneem said...

Very nice. Your comments are good too. Hopefully, one day I'll be able to attend one myself.

ulysses said...

Thanks for looking Lopa. Maybe you can time your next trip home in February. You would have enjoyed the Boi Mela (though on crowded days it gets to be too much.)

PEACHY said...

nice photo story :-)

ulysses said...

Thanks Peachy!

modumita said...

Lovely photo story...
Even though i am not in bangladesh for the last 3 years,still felt like i was in Ekushey Boi mela through your images..Thank you so much..

ulysses said...

Thanks very much Modumita!

book said...

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