Have you ever felt that your habit of reading books is gradually decreasing, as we advance towards a world where gadgets take up most of our attention?
Do you miss the experience of flipping through and smelling the pages of a novel or a poetry book as you read, yet somehow cannot seem to make time?
Are you planning on taking-up reading as a hobby, however, are not motivated enough?
If you have answered 'yes' to at least one of the above three questions, then behold! Good news awaits! Just as Hogwarts exists within the realms of secrecy, a secret Facebook group called 'Litmosphere' has been nurturing and motivating avid readers since August 31, 2016. The aim of this group is to bridge a connection amongst regular readers in Bangladesh and create a healthy community of book lovers. The interactive platform is designed to let one share their thoughts, feelings, reviews, suggestions, blogs, creative writings and even jokes regarding any book of choice. Rubaiya Chowdhury, the founder of Litmosphere, says, “I wanted to create an atmosphere where people would reclaim back the art of reading books and share their opinions with each-other without the fear of being judged.”
Rubaiya along with her sister, Ramisa Chowdhury, and friend, ArhamSiddiquee, have been running and maintaining the group since day one. Initially, they started by inviting family members and friends. Gradually, the group gained popularity and is now home to almost 2.5 K closet readers.
On Juy 15, Litmosphere took the initiative of arranging a “Meet and Greet” event in Chittagong city, where 30 members of the group took part.Besides spending time taking part in various fun and interesting activities, the book lovers also received lovely gifts courtesy of the sponsors. “Although most of the members are from Dhaka, we still decided to hold the first introductory event in Chittagong because we felt that this city seldom gets the focus and attention it deserves. However, the second event is soon to take place in Dhaka. That too, on a bigger scale!,”Rubaiya expresses with excitement.
Litmosphere has arranged for the second meet and greetsession on August 4, 2017, in Dhaka. Payment and registration details about Dhakayya Lit Meetup can be found in the Litmospherefacebook group.
Even though the group is still a secret on Facebook and it operates within the club only, the founders of the group do plan to make it open in the near future as soon as they find more young readers interested to join, not only in Dhaka and Chittagong but also other parts of Bangladesh.