Books are for soul what food is for the mind but the problem is, like other best things in life, they are not free. This can be a big hurdle for the book lovers who don't have enough money to afford them. However, there are markets across India which sell books for a very low price. Here's is the list of some of these places, which are like a paradise for everyone who is an avid reader.
College Street - Kolkata
College Street is a 1.5 km long street in central Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal. It stretches (approximately) from Ganesh Chandra Avenue Crossing in Bowbazar area to Mahatma Gandhi Road crossing. Its derives its name from the presence of many colleges, housing many centres of intellectual activity especially the Indian Coffee House, a café that has attracted the city's intelligentsia for decades.
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Nai Sadak - New Delhi
Nai Sarak meaning new street is the linking road, which connects the main Chandni Chowk Road to Chawri Bazar and has a very big wholesale and retail market of mainly school and college textbooks. The street can be reached by taking a left turn after the Gali Paranthe Wali and just before the Katra Nawab Gali on the main Chandni Chowk Road. The other way to reach here is by taking a right turn from Chawri Bazar Road if coming from the Jama Masjid direction. Nai Sarak is known for being one of India's biggest textbook markets. It is also the oldest book selling and publishing hub in Delhi.
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Avenue Road - Bangalore
Avenue Road is one of the biggest commercial centres and busiest shopping areas of Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka, India. It is located in Chickpet and runs through the heart of the city. Avenue Road is known for its traditional trade in used books, garments and textiles, jewellery and pawn brokering.
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Appa Balwant Chowk - Pune
Appa Balwant Chowk (also known as A.B.C.) is a popular crossroads in the Budhwar Peth neighborhood of Pune, India, that is particularly noted for the concentration of bookshops in the area.The Appa Balwant Chowk was named after Appa Balwant, a peshwa soldier. The place began to be known as a venue for booksellers in the late 1950s, following the opening of the first shop by L.N. Godbole.
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Daryaganj Book Market
The district bustles with shoppers from Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday is home to India's largest platform market for magazines and second hand books. Daryaganj is also famous for its all time favourite markets like the Sunday Book Market or the Kitab Bazaar (Book Market) that is held every Sunday on street pavements, (Sunday being weekly holiday for the shops). The market established around 1964, today stretches almost for 2 kilometers, and one may find books on virtually any topic, here at throwaway prices. Books of all streams, genres are available in this Sunday Book Market. The former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf was born and used to live at Nehar Wali Haveli in Daryaganj before migrating to Pakistan after the Partition of India in 1947.
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So this was the list of book markets across the country which have been the favourite places for book lovers for years. If you happen to be the citizen of one these cities, go and visit them at the earliest.