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Md Saifuddin Al Quaderi speaks with Shayntani Twisha about her ventures into the publishing world

Published : Thursday, 8 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 78

Why did you choose to become a publisher and why the name "Rang Pencil"? What made you take up publishing children's books?
In the era of globalization, everything is becoming digitalized, including books. We can read e-books on tabs, smartphones, kindle etc. However, those can never really give the feel of an actual book.

The smell of press ink, the touch of page textures, the excitement of turning the pages, the colours on the book covers- all these are essential parts of reading a book that can build a human being differently. Hence, we decided to go old school and become a publisher.

The name is 'Rang Pencil' because we mostly publish books for children and young adults. And what other instrument is better suited than a 'colour pencil' to depict childhood? Our tagline is- 'Ajibon duronto shoishob' (untamed childhood forever).

As I said, we decided to be old school and bring back printed books. But even then we could not have really brought back books as long as we failed to connect to the next generation. Also, we still remember our respective childhoods, the nostalgia of all the hurdles we had to overcome to read books and how happy those book reading days were.

We did not want the next generation to miss out on all the fun and happiness we had in our time. Therefore, we decided to publish books for children and young adults.

How many books have you published so far and what are they about? What are you bringing to the Ekushey Boi Mela this year?
We have published a total of 20 books so far- 10 books from 'Anari' series, 5 books from 'Golpo ar Chhobi' series, Alta Joba, Berry'r Rajye Peter, Yussike er Shaat Bondhu, Mergen O Tar Bondhura and Onur Oprotyashito Obhijan. They are mostly translations of fairy tales and folk tales of different foreign languages. All these books teach the children to accept themselves the way they are. They help kids embrace their individuality and accept diversity.
Apart from 'Onur Oprotyashito Obhijan', all the other books will be available at the 'Pathshala' stall during Boi Mela this year.

Regarding the graphic series entitled 'Onur Oprotyashito Obhijan', what is the story behind it? How far has the work on "Onu" progressed?
'Onur Oprotyashito Obhijan' is a commission work from ROSATOM, which is a nuclear power plant company in Russia. ROSATOM is setting up nuclear power plant in Bangladesh along with five other South Asian countries. They wanted 'Rang Pencil' to come up with a graphic novel describing the positive sides of nuclear energy and all the myths surrounding it in order to create awareness on a mass level.

We provided the story synopsis and rough sketches made by cartoonist Asifur Rahman. They liked it. Hence, the graphic novel was published and distributed.

What are you working on now and when would we get to see it?
We are currently working on next 3 books of 'Golpo ar Chhobi' series, and African folktale named 'Anansi'. Hopefully these books will be out by April of the running year.

What do you want to say to your followers?
Please encourage your children to read printed books as they will only have one childhood. Do not deprive them of the fun you had when you were a child.



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