November 2017 and the weeks leading up to it just whizzed by in a blur. Inshra and I, along with our team of uber talented artistic contributors and diligent printers spent many a sleepless nights to get ready for our launch at the Dhaka Literary Festival, where we presented our books and flashcards to an audience for the first time. 

launch guba books

As we rushed to the finish line at the end of October, a few unanticipated delays caused us to miss the printer’s deadline :S But our wonderful printing company pulled off a miracle (and some night shifts) to bring our much awaited books and flashcards literally “hot off the press” to the Guba booth at the festival! 

guba books goodie bags

Barring a few hiccups – sadly much of our booth décor was destroyed in a sudden rainstorm the night before the launch – everyone stopping by managed to have oodles of fun! A huge thank you to Inshra for designing the most fun and engaging games that both kids and adults enjoyed in equal proportion.  This was no boring booth! Spin the wheel, trivia or dare, story writing game, plinko board, prizes – you name it, we had it :) 

launch celebration

In other Guba related activities at the Festival, Mr. Mustafa Monwar’s socially conscious and super fun puppet show thrilled the children in attendance while Inshra teamed up with Rushnaf (a friend who also happens to be a radio jockey, singer and song writer) to read out her debut picture book “Tiny Jumps In” to finish off the three-day long event. 

crowd listening to book reading

mustafa monwar puppet show

As far as launches go, this one was eventful, exhausting, exhilarating and energizing. Now the real work begins.

games at book fair

book stand at outdoor fair
guba books launch festival