Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Thursday urged the parents to make their children more familiar with books and inspire them to develop the reading-habit instead of giving them mobile phones.
“There is no alternative to reading books to build an enlightened and good life,” he told a book unveiling ceremony at the Grantha Unmochan Kendra in the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Bangla Academy premises in the city.Dr Hasan said book is the best weapon of building a healthy and enlightened life as well as overcoming the challenges of life.
The Amar Ekushey Book Fair is drawing huge bookworms and publishers and becoming animated day by day, a good omen that indicates social media addiction could not keep the people away from reading books, said Hasan.
The book fair, which had a fairly modest beginning, now has extended to 8, 00,000 square feet area, he added.
Dr Hasan unveiled covers of three books- ‘Amar Bangabandhu Amar Swadhinata’ of Shibu Kanti Das, ‘Biplobi Noor Hossen’ of Imran Akanda, and ‘Mrittika theke Akash Chuyeche je Pran: Bangabandhu Seikh Mujibur Rahman of Kobi Mohammad Hossen- in the function.
Former lawmaker and poet Kazi Roji, folk singer Fakir Alamgir, Kabi Aslam Sani, students and teachers, among other, were present on the occasion.