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Bibliophiles who hit up the Dariyaganj Kitaab Bazaar last Sunday came back empty-handed, as the 55-year old book market faced a closure, owing to the order by Delhi High Court, that isn’t permitting weekly bazaars on the Netaji Subhash Marg anymore.
The iconic Sunday book lane had been the fav hub for thousands of city peeps, including broke students, aspiring authors and intellectuals, who were always up for snagging away the rarest goodreads at steal prices.
The Daryaganj book market wasn’t simply a bazaar, it was entwined in the emotions of every Delhite who’ve got the pash for books. Operating only on Sundays from 6 A.M. to 6 P.M., the book alley was a haven of more than 200 booksellers who used to curate a diverse collection of books from all across the world in a slew of categories.
The market had faced shut down orders several times earlier but was reopened with the dire efforts of ardent book lovers and authors. Even this time, the book vendors have started a signature campaign at the book bazaar, collecting signatures from their eager customers and letting them know about their twitter hashtag #savebookbazardaryaganj. Many book fiends have already pitched in to fight against the shutdown.
Kindles can never smell like hardcover kitaabs. While passing by the Kitab Bazaar now, we can only recount the days of our Sunday rituals and smell nostalgia.
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