“Hurrah”, Sabuj Ahmed, an economics student at Dhaka University suddenly began cheering with friends. While browsing titles at the Nilkhet Book Market in Dhaka, he found one of his old choices. And that was the reason for his joy.
Like Sabuj, students and bookworms of all ages are found searching for different books every now and then between the starting and closing time of the market.
In the era of Google and free download, while booksellers and publishers are facing problem with their business, the Nilkhet Book Market continues to attract the book lovers.
The Nilkhet Book Market, consisting of nearly 400 book stalls, can be the only the reliable place for anybody who is still looking for that hard to find the book.
One can get books at half or even less the actual price, mainly because many of them are pirated. Many others are second-hand ones but in fairly good condition.ones but in fairly good condition.
Not so costly, but at the minimum price rate, the market fulfils the appetite of the country’s students from Class I to the university levels.fulfils the appetite of the country’s students from Class I to the university levels.
One can get almost everything from textbooks and notes for all classes to guidebooks for all competitive exams, from old and latest edition of fictions and nonfictions of world famous writers to used rare books, from magazines of varied types to journals from home and abroad.old and latest edition of fictions and nonfictions of world famous writers to used rare books, from magazines of varied types to journals from home and abroad.
Collections of old and rare books, published from both national and international publishers shape the market’s uniqueness to draw a huge crowd of book lovers.
“Apart from my texts, I got many important and interesting books in Nilkhet that I never really expected to find there,” said Reza, a university student.
There is a huge demand for daily newspapers, magazines and novels too.
The sources of books in Nilkhet are as varied as its customers. “We collect books from different sources,” said Md Jalil, a bookseller.
Another source is the readers themselves. Many return books after reading them and get half the purchase price back.
But who wants to be bothered about where the books or notes come from as long as they are available!