Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bargain books

Time was, if you wanted to get some foreign magazines, you headed out to the pavements of Mount Road. Between the twenty or so pavement bookshops, you could be sure of getting an armful of the ones you wanted. Somehow, I believe that there was little piracy in those days and the books that were sold at these shops were always second-hand originals.

These days, though, there are more pirated books than second-hand ones. Everyone seems to want 'new' books - little do they realize that there is a great deal of romance in much-thumbed books, even in the ones where the previous owner has been careful enough not to make any markings or even dog-ears. All the glossy pirated books displayed has taken away the charm of shopping at the pavement. And one no longer wants to sneak a peek inside those magazines, anyway!


2 comments:

lviss said...

YOU CAN GET SOME GOOD ONES FROM PONDY BAZAAR PAVEMENT ALSO.

Shantaram said...

@ lviss: Not the pavement - there is no space on them at Pondy Bazaar, but there are pushcarts selling pirated books. Not for me!