GUWAHATI, Nov 12 - For Mostafa Kamal from Dhaka, the overwhelming response of readers that he received at the 21st North East Book Fair (NEBF) was motivating enough to make him come back to take part in the next edition as well.
The 21st edition of the North East Book Fair (NEBF) concluded here today.
Kamal, while talking to The Assam Tribune, said he could do much better business this time compared to last year.
�Last year, due to various reasons, including bad weather, the readers� response wasn�t very good. But, the scenario was totally different this time. Last year, I could sell books worth just Rs 14,000; but this time my earnings have already crossed one lakh rupees,� said one of the publishers, Mostafa Kamal of Dibya Prakash, Dhaka.
He went on to say that while the sale of books had not been so robust last year, he still managed to distribute catalogues of his publications among all types of readers. This, he said, helped him come closer to the people of Assam this time.
He said the success he achieved this year would surely encourage other foreign publishers to participate in the next edition of the event, which is organised by the All Assam Publishers and Booksellers Association.
�I hope this trend will continue in the future, too,� Mostafa said, adding people seemed to show a leaning towards books on history and literature written in Bangla this time.
According to him, the main aspect of Assamese readers is that they don�t bother much about the price of a book.
�At many book fairs, I have seen people bargaining over the price, but here quality is the only consideration of the people. In other places, some people also tend to steal books, but here I have not experienced any such incident,� he stated.
�Assam and Bangladesh have the same climate and weather. We have a lot of similarities. Hopefully literature will strengthen our relations and bridge the distance between people�s hearts,� he signed off.