My inner reading demons were awakened by TGND post on the Kitabi street. When you can get a book for 20 Rs then that is a steal rite?
With steely heart and firm determination I set forth in my mission of going to Daryaganj resisting MIL’s tempting offer of cooking together vengaaya pulikolambu( when onion prices are so dear) with steaming rice and vadaam for lunch.The dark clouds in the sky forecasted a rainy day.But who can stop paatiamma with a steely will..So with an umbrella and a BIG bag I set forth accompanying the partner hospital is located in the parallel road of Daryaganj.See how luck favors me?? 😉
After the 40 min metro journey and 10 min rickshaw ride the moment I placed my foot down on the Kitabi street, (like a shy coy bride entering into a new house)the sky burst out tears celebrating home coming!! Frantic book sellers started opening big plastic sheets on top of their precious wares.
The partner was still lingering around with a shade of doubt if I would be able to deal with delhi rains all alone. He was shooed off to his Sunday rounds at the hospital willing by my eager self with umbrella in hand and hungry look in eyes. Rain or storm true love of books withstand anything that comes in between.Luckily there was a Delite cinema’s complex on whose porch where hundreds of books lined by different vendors.And I gorged them with my eyes..
Archies slyly read on the pretext of browsing..A jeffery Archer quoted 250 Rs by one vendor got for a meagre 40 Rs from another. An old 1980 version of a russian tale (Translated in English Of course!) with lovely packaging got for mere 1oo Rs.A Wodehouse for a light hearted read bargained from 150 Rs to 50 Rs.Whoa it was heaven.A best seller picked up for just 20Rs. To tell the truth..I was barely aware that it was raining cats dogs and elephants and almost causing a flood…The partner who would rarely pick a call at work called 2 times to enquire if every thing was fine. Ijust gave a cursory look at the roads, ignored the rain water that even slashed on the books in display!
Here I display my steal..
Am not going to stop boring you my lovely people!! Yes after my looting was over my growling stomach needed respite. I lingered the same porch and accidentally stepped into a beer shop mistaking it for a coffee shop..It must have been a side effect of being too much engrossed in book world. Luckily before that leering uncle offered me help in choosing drinks I did fast walking better than what I did in that race in college and bumped into a huge glass door with a decorative sign board “Bhaja Govindham ” restaurant.With my dishevelled and muddy clothes ( Well these are minor prices one pays to browse books on a platform a muddy rainy day)I cross checked twice with the security if that imposing place is really a restaurant. Being assured I opened the door only to be invited by a lovely tanjore painting in the lobby.The interior decor is a replica of the karaikudi style pillars with sloped roofs jutting from the ceiling.This along with the few chandeliers,yellow lights wooden table and porcelin cutlery was quite a pleasure to the eyes. I plonked into the first available table for two.After considerable research I narrowed down hot mixed pakoras and filter kaapi for lunch.For a reasonable 90 Rs the quantity of pakoras was pretty filling.
The partner then joined and we went pallika bazaar..Yeah..the underground bazaar famed for its duplicates.Original or duplicate I got 3 Tee shirts, 2 track pants and a lovely slipper for a princely some of 1000 Rs. Now you see my friends am that poor thing that has easy access only to malls where
god knows why a plain T shirt is sold for 600 Rs fixed price.Bargaining was simply a pleasure here!!Quote 1/5 th price the product is sold and then huff and puff and walk away.The fellow will readily give away your prize at the price which it is asked for!
If there was heaven on earth..This is it..This is it!!Of course am planning to haunt this place even more often!!God save the paatiamma!!