World of books, books and only books
All that glitters is not gold. But that doesn’t glitters and comes in black & white package are books and they are sometimes more worthy than all the treasure of world. Only a book lover can understand how few words play in their life. For a book lover nothing is more beautiful in this world than books and he is not amused by e-books which have no smell of gum, ink and paper and sometimes smell of moth infested pages.
Here I am giving you an example of few people who are in this trade of books and they don’t have a roof and four walls, glossy bookshop and rather snubbed as kabadiwallah or book-seller of cheap, pirated books. But that is not the truth. They live with a cause to serve book lovers. This bookshop is on pavement of a computer market in Nehru Place, Delhi where you can get only original books which are custom-confiscated or auctioned by American libraries or sometimes second-hand books. It is not the fault of book-seller that customers presume the books as pirated only because they are piled on road. The owner of this shop is Mani (literal meaning jewel) whose father is in this business since thirty years back from the days of his stint in upmarket – Khan Market. You ask for any book by Homer to Robert Ludlum, he has every book under his nose. You might be lucky to get Nobel Prize winner book, Pulitzer, Man-Booker, Orange Prize winner books. Prices are very nominal, ₹ 50/- to ₹ 100/- for classics, and ₹ 100/- to ₹ 300/- for fictions, novels, biographies, memoirs, travelogues, etc. Books for children costs just ₹ 30/- to ₹ 100/-.
You may be more than happy to buy very expensive books which may cost above ₹ 2000/- at a showroom or by Flipkart on an average of just ₹ 200/-. The icing on cake is that you may return the book after reading it and get your fifty per cent money back. But I love my books so much that I never tried this option. The only glitch is that you will not get Indian author’s books and particularly not the gossips of Chetan Bhagat which he doesn’t care to sell despite huge demands neither do I care to read. If you are interested, then call him on his cell no. – 9650748526 to know the availability of book in his stock before paying a visit.
I want to conclude my words with the words of another wordsmith Marcus Tullius Cicero that ‘a home without books is a body without soul.’