Every bibliophile in and around Delhi, knows about the nostalgic whiff which the Sunday book market or the Kitaab Bazaar at Daryaganj emits. Books of all divergent genres at dirt cheap prices and in a good condition is hard to locate, if you’re not a fan of online book shopping or e-books!
Every avid reader in the capital has at least in his or her lifetime, visited this market to grab the best deals and best hard covers at loot-prices- for someone it is a habit and for others, a memory of a good day!
Walking along the pavements, you will even find much more than books- rare coins, stationary, trinkets and even clothes are for sale here. For music lovers, there are shops which are open on Sundays, where you can get varieties of musical instruments too.
But this might be a thing of the past now and here’s what’s happening!
The Delhi High Court has ordered the shut-down of the Sunday book market which has been operational at Netaji Subhash Marg, near Jama Masjid! It’s because Delhi Police had earlier submitted a report which stated that this hustling locale is crammed due to traffic and crowds and to top it all, the book-sellers occupy the footpath which leaves no room for the pedestrians!
The implications of this decision will cause a colossal financial strain on the sellers, as for many, this business is the only source of their earnings! The officials have apparently tried talking the sellers into relocating to the Ramlila Maidan area but the vendors are opposed to this notion!
According to them, shifting to the Ramlila Ground would mean that the market would be punctuated during the wide range of festive rallies & celebrations resulting in reduced business days! The market had been previously shut for 5 weeks in January last year temporarily and all the bookworms are hoping for the same, this time too.