“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
– George R.R. Martin
Book Worm? College Student? If yes, then I guess you realize the prospect of turning a book market upside down.
Books are one’s life guide and an ocean of knowledge. They are the companion for life. Quoting Ernest Hemmingway “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
Don’t be amazed to see hoards of people thronging the Nai Sarak early morning hustling around with heavy bags despite of the December nip in the air. It is not a fish or a vegetable market but the famous book market of Old Delhi- The Nai Sarak Book Market. The market is a huge potpourri of sellers who get together on a mile long footpath of Nai Sarak to sell books at huge discounts. It is a paradise for book lovers and college students.
The book market is very popular amongst college students pursuing courses in Science and Commerce. People not only get the books they require but also get it as cheap as sometime 10% of its listed price.
Yes I got my Principles of Marketing by Philip Kotler in just 250 bucks whereas the listed price was INR 825, though most of the books are pirated or photocopied. Yes, I am contributing to piracy then so what? The concept of academic books is to spread knowledge at the end.
So after hour long hunting for books from shop to shop, the fun doesn’t end just there. You can recharge yourselves by trying out the street food and other delicacies like Chole Kulche, Kebab Parantha by the local vendors in the market and for the Ladies, the point where the book market ends is also the starting point of the Kapda Bazaar (Cloth Market). So Happy Shopping to all the Beauty with Brains out there. If you are unable to find any book, just go there and I bet you that it will not disappoint you. Do visit The Hosteller to have a quality chat over chai and samosas and maybe we can tag along for your book hunting together.
Important Points to Remember:
Nearest Metro Station – Chawri Bazar Metro Station (Yellow Line)
Timings – 0600 hours to 1800 hours (Closed on Sunday)
Maximum Rickshaw Fare – INR 15 per person till the starting point of the book market.
Please be careful of your belongings and pickpockets as the area gets really crowded as the day advances.
– Rusin Mishra