Following an eight week hiatus, the Sunday book market at Daryaganj is making a return, at another location. After a meeting with the vendors' representatives, the final location for the book market has been decided. Since last Sunday, Mahila Haat, opposite Broadway Hotel in Chandni Chowk, has been the place to go when you're craving a new book.
When Delhiites heard that the 50-year old Sunday book market would be closing down, many were at a loss for words. After all, it was a long running tradition of sorts. Additionally, the market was the fuel that was flaming the fire of book reading, in an era where everything is increasingly becoming digital.
Now that the book market is back, at a better and a more eye-catching location, we're really excited to pay a visit. Since selling books was the only way for vendors to earn their living, the revival of this tradition is something that will prove to be a boon for all, not just book lovers.
The new location of Mahila Haat is a stark improvement over the older one that was in use up till July. Previously, the book market would be out on the streets, where it caused a nuisance for pedestrians and wasn't an entirely safe location either.
At Mahila Haat, there are large open areas, small huts that can be used for selling books and a more peaceful scenario than out on the street. Here, you can get a chance to skim through books peacefully, without a car horn startling you midway through your purchase.
Speaking on the same, North Delhi Corporation authorities said that Mahila Haat was not being used for its intended purpose; it was being rented out for marriages and other private functions. This meant uncertainty as to when the place would be in use and when it wouldn't. Now that they've roped in book vendors, Sundays will see a huge footfall, owing to the book market.
Mahila Haat is the newest destination for buying books at a reasonable price. The change to the age old tradition may not seem like much, but, what we're looking at could be a new chapter for the highly frequented book market. Since it still manages to keep the spirit of the Sunday bazaar alive, book lovers, us included, are going to flock to the place in no time.