Books are ocean of knowledge, books are companion for life. A famous quote by Ernest Hemingway says, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
UNESCO started celebrating the World Book Day on the April 23 since 1995. The special day was marked to promote reading and publishing. The particular date was chosen, as it marks the death anniversary of great English playwright William Shakespeare.
On the occasion of the World Book Day, let’s take a look at the famous five markets of the country quenches our thirst for books. These unique markets not only sell new books, but also are repository of books that are old and valuable – books that are nothing but sure treasure.
The national capital has two such prominent markets— Daryaganj book market and Nai Sadak (old Delhi).
The Sunday book market at Daryaganj is famous as a one-stop solution place for all book lovers; there are books in abundance and they also come at great prices. A little bargain can help, but book lovers surely go broke there (by going berserk buying books, of course). It was Khushwant Singh’s favourite haunt. In fact, this place is still in existence thanks to the late author. The market was supposed to close down as it interrupts traffic, but he personally wrote to MCD to not close it.
However, the Nai Sadak market is open on all days except Sunday. The Nai Sarak is mostly known for its big-scale wholesale and retail market of mainly school and college textbooks.
The cultural capital, Kolkata has its own legacy of book market. The famous college street market along the footpaths by the main universities, right in the centre of the city houses a market that probably has all the books of the world. It’s often said that if one has searched the entire market and not found a book there, the book probably does not exist. It is the largest second-hand book market in the world and largest book market in India.
Pune’s Appa Balwant Chowk is also an important name in the world of books. The book lovers across the city knows that their desire to buy a good book will certainly get fulfilled there. This book market is regarded as the Mecca of students who are either in search for a lost edition of an academic bestseller or want a new book that has just released. It’s hard to come out of the market empty handed.
Hyderabad too has its own hub for books. The Koti book market serves the interest of students and others. The famous Gokulchat restaurant, that witnessed twin bombings in 2007 is also located at Koti Market.
Apart from these famous ones, the Moore Market in Chennai, series of book shops in the Aminabad Bazaar of Lucknow also deserve a mention.
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