A library by migrant workers, for migrant workers

Book lovers Fazley Elahi Rubel (in red T-shirt) and A. K. Zilani, together with Mr Ripon Chowdhury (not in picture), set up a library for migrant workers.
Book lovers Fazley Elahi Rubel (in red T-shirt) and A. K. Zilani, together with Mr Ripon Chowdhury (not in picture), set up a library for migrant workers.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Dearth of books in Bengali spurs Bangladeshi trio - avid readers all - to set up library here

When Mr Fazley Elahi Rubel's family fell on hard times, the 30-year-old Bangladeshi had to stop his business management studies to come to Singapore as a migrant worker.

Leaving his country meant parting with not just his parents and five siblings, but also his reading habit - there is a lack of books in Bengali, the national language of Bangladesh, in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2018, with the headline 'A library by migrant workers, for migrant workers'. Print Edition | Subscribe