Some called him a book lover, some said bookish, the children call it Bookfriend. Whatever the name, the man was born to spread the light of knowledge. For the last decade, he has been travelling the light of knowledge.
So many people call him the peddler of light. He bought the book with his own money and delivered it to the reader’s house. When he finished reading, he brought the old book and brought the new one. Every morning he wakes up and goes out with a book on his shoulder to each village one day.
The beginning of the story is very simple. Due to various social media violence, most young people spend their time in the virtual world. Or when the night is deep, wakes up in a state of intoxication. The matter shocked Harun Ar Rashid. He kept thinking about the process of making young people bookish.
One day he handed over some motivational books to an intoxicated young man in his village. The intoxicated man returns to normal life with the help of the book. Rashid was encouraged. He carried the book bag on his shoulder and left for the village. He handed over the book to people of different professions of different ages. This is how the story of Rashid becoming a book lover started.
The book-loving man was born in Gobaria village of Kuliarchar Upazila of Kishoreganj. He passed his post-graduation from a private university and is currently working at Grameen Bank in Nawabganj. There is no end to his madness with books. He finds the lost childhood in the scent of the pages of the book.
There is no end to his work with books. Hundreds of local and foreign books have been reviewed by him online. He is always thinking of spreading the word of the book, working online as well as offline.
Rashid said that he was working to make the young society book-oriented. He is handing over books to drug-addicted youth, bringing them back to the world of books incredibly. In the last 10 years, he has brought back more than 200 young people to the world of books. Books are being decorated in their hands.
Also, by reducing online addiction, a large part of the youth is brought back to the realm of books in this way.
Although a banker, he is a book-loving man from head to toe. If you want to see his indomitable love for books, you have to go to Nawabganj near Dhaka. That is where he built the paradise of his book. The little house is just wrapped in a book cover. Numerous books arranged for him. Is that so? Everywhere you look in the room, there are books. There are so many books, are they just for fun?
He smiled a little in response to the words. Gave surprising information. He has collected books day after day with great difficulty by saving the daily market cost. Not just for himself, but to spread the light of civilization among the people around.
I heard many more stories from this book lover. There is no end to this man’s madness with books. Now he can find his lost childhood in the pages of a book. There is no end to his work with offline or digital media books. He has created a storm online by writing reviews of hundreds of local and foreign books through various social media. There is no end to this enterprising man’s thoughts in promoting books or trying to spread the word about books.
His work’s speed does not stop only through digital; the work of this book-loving man seems to be even better offline. Going from house to house, he delivers books to the people on his initiative. At the end of the week, he brings old books with new ones.
His great work did not stop even during the epidemic. At the risk of his life, he has delivered books to people of all classes and professions under the hygiene rules. With the violence of YouTube, Facebook and other online social media, children and teenagers, young and old alike are addicted to the virtual world. In order to bring these people back to the world of books from the virtual world, books are being handed over to everyone irrespective of class or profession.
This book-loving man, who is constantly running, is working day after day, tirelessly, with the torch of civilization in his hand. He dreams of a civilized society. With this goal in mind, he is also making an outstanding contribution to building libraries in disadvantaged remote areas. Open libraries are being set up in different regions with the money given by rich people of society. He also promotes books in various saloons and tea-coffee shops.