Book lovers’ walk

Stretch a foot down Pondy Bazaar, and you will at infrequent intervals stumble upon footpath vendors of books. Patiently sift through the photocopies, and you’ll reach some used originals. Invaluably priced at 25 Indian rupees. It’s a steal, and to compound happiness, the vendor thinks he’s the one ripping you off.

Know other places where similar transactions can be made?

13 Comments so far

  1. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    Luz Church Road.

    There’s another big source of used books my wife showed me once, but she isn’t here just now to ask.

    Somewhere near the Cooum? Back of Mounts Road, maybe?

  2. ratan Jhaveri (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    Majoj Sir,
    Good point. It is also available at Kilpauk for steal. You know where to get second hand musiclas instruments? Looking forward for favourable reply.
    ratan Jhaveri

  3. Shahul (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 7:16 pm

    You can find such shops on de pavements near Raheja towers, anna salai – also next to Bata, mount road – Outside central station on de way to moore market.

  4. Arun Kannan (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

    Who is this Ratan…Manoj do you know the guy? He seems to leave comments in evry one of your blogs and its kind of wierd too.

  5. ratan Jhaveri (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

    Hello Mr. Kannun Sir,
    I am in the same marketing field with Mr. Manoj. He is my senior professional and idol. I am learning many things from him. I am only eager to learn more and more. Since I am not disturb you, I hope you will forgive my disturbances. I feel there cannot be one hand clapping, when some body is says something, there must be response also. My Engflish is not very good, that is why maybe you are finding my message weird, but give me a chance to learn, Mr. Kunnan.
    ratan Jhaveri

  6. fdsfsd (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:21 am

    asshole you promote piracy?

  7. Planemad (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:31 am

    ^^ Buying second hand books isnt really piracy is it?

  8. Kokki_jacobus (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 4:32 am

    ^^ Of course it is piracy! Have you ever read the stuff that’s given in the first few pages of a book (typically on the left hand side before the preface) without burying your conscience?

  9. ratan Jhaveri (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 7:30 am

    Hello, please do not use profanity on public forum. There is civilised way to talk also.
    Ratan Jhaveri

  10. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    There’s no law against selling or buying second-hand books.

    The trade is as old as books themselves, probably, and I have never heard of a publisher complaining.

  11. KK (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

    Kodambakkam – Station View Road – Maran book stall… they have some really awesome stuff from time to time… half my bookshelf owes its existence to that place.
    Mylapore – one of the mada streets, not quite sure which one (Vasantha Bhavan is on the same stretch) – Murugan book shop… it’s a basement shop, but you can find it quite easily, there’s a bright sign telling you to go to the basement… picked up a few good books here as well…
    Near Central: wade through the pirated stuff, and you’ll find some originals, second hand…

  12. KK (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    oh, there’s another place in near the trust puram petrol bunk on arcot road… forgot the name… but they have some good stuff now and then as well…

  13. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 12:32 am

    Vasantha Bhavan is on South Mada Street — and thanks, I’ll look out for Muragan bookshop when next there.

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