Stories never end in Delhi’s read streetSmriti Saxena
What is it? Nearly over 30 years old Sunday market dedicated to just books, starting at a price as low as Rs.10/-. It is so interesting to see that the books are sold in kilos. It’s Rs. 20 a kg, isn’t it cheaper than a burger.
What all can you find here? On the mile-long footpath between Delite cinema and the iron footbridge, near Jama Masjid, you can literally find any form of book, right from Dan Brown to to APJ Abdul Kalam, from Shakespeare to Arundhati Roy, from NCERT to Mills and Boon, from Batman titles to coffee table books. You can usually never return disappointed from here. If you are lucky then you might also get a rare or a first edition.
Where? Asaf Ali Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg, Daryaganj, Old Delhi (Landmark- Daryaganj Police Station/ Dilli Gate)
Nearest Metro Station? Chawri Bazar/New Delhi Railway Station. (exit from Ajmeri Gate)
When? Every Sunday, 10am till late evening
Price? Starting INR 10
What else? Here are some smart shopper tips:
- An informed seller hikes up the price if he feels that the early 20th century edition of a Jane Austen novel is rare. But such wisdom is rare in the bazaar.
- If your eyes show no glint while coming to rest on a ‘catch’, you can easily bargain a novel from Rs 100 to Rs 10. (The best trick: if you are an Emily Bronte fan, pretend to be totally bored on spotting a weather-beaten 1877 edition of Wuthering Heights.)
- Go early in the morning for the best finds.
- Wear comfortable shoes, carry something to eat and take public transportation.