Leave a bookworm in a place surrounded by hard and soft bounds and you may never really see him again. Such is the charm of the old book markets of India,
Leave a bookworm in a place surrounded by hard and soft bounds and you may never really see him again. Such is the charm of the old book markets of India, bustling with book lovers. If you like your e-book readers but can’t get enough of the real deal, a visit to these fascinating book markets in different parts of the country should make it to your weekend to do list for sure.
1. Nai Sadak, Delhi
Although, named Nai Sadak, it’s ironically one of the oldest streets around. As you walk along the broad streets of Nai Sarak, you’ll see two storey buildings on either side. In the lower storeys of these buildings you’d find all the book stores and every Delhite knows that if there’s a book that can’t be found anywhere else, one of these stores would definitely have it.
2. Avenue Road, Bangalore
One of the most popular and probably the busiest shopping areas in the city, Bangalore’s Avenue road is where the readers come to dig gold. This where the electronic city forgets its click-clack typing codes on a screen and welcomes the book lovers into a world of words. Located very close to the Majestic Bus Station, Aveneue Road’s also known for clothes, jewelry and its very interesting pawn shops.
3. College Street, Kolkata
The largest second-hand book market in the world, the collection at College Street is maddening and it’d still be an understatement. No doubt the bibliophiles of Bengal call it the boi para (colony of books). The energy at College Street is simply unparalleled, especially with the young crowd from the nearby universities surfing through the books. You may have a shoe-string budget and still buy a bad full of your favourite books if you shop from Kolkata’s College Street.
4. Fort, Mumbai
All the way from the Victoria Terminus in the north to the Kala Ghoda in the south, the Fort is a surreal stretch for someone who loves books. The best bookshops are scattered around the Flora Fountain area and the variety is highly commendable. From low cost second-hand books to expensive coffee table hard bounds, this is every Mumbaiker’s destination for the best books in the world.
5. Sunday Book Market, Abids, Hyderabad
It is Hyderabad’s most loved book market and it has been this way for ages now. A one-stop-destination for all kinds of books under the sun, the Sunday Book Market at Abids is the favourite destination for book lovers in the city and not just on Sundays.