And then the pushcarts dissapeared.

A couple of months ago, Jamash did an excellent post on buying books. He mentioned the second hand books market at University Road, near Expo Centre, opposite Masjid Bait-ul-Mukarram. Every now and then I’d get myself books from there and got quite the shock last week when I went. All I saw was an empty ground. With no hint of there ever being any push carts filled to the skies [okay maybe not that high] with books of all kinds. The added benefit of the place was that if you buy books from there, you could return them [if you’re the kind who doesn’t hoard the books you buy] at a lower rate and buy another by adding just a few more rupees to the equation.

Hyderi used to have a pretty big second hand book market too, at least till a few years ago, the pushcarts used to keep dissapearing and coming back every few months. Haven’t been there in the longest time so not sure if they’re still there or not. Now what I’m wondering is where all the pushcarts from Opposite Masjid Bait ul Mukarram went. And if they’ll be back. Does anyone know?

11 Comments so far

  1. Jamash (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

    Around a year back they had disappeared for a few days buy they happily returned, but this time it looks like they are gone for good :(… I miss them, hope someone finds out where they are now.

  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

    Guys, forget books… this day and age of Internet, who wants to read silly, paper-based books.

    I mean, scan the net…..that is more interesting.

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

    No good alternative of paper based books. They can never be obsolete.

    Someone told me about a gadget ‘pdf/book viewer’ which was specially developed for reading ebooks. is it true?

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

    adnan: if u come across something like that.. lemme know

    PDF’s are too difficult to read on PDA’s, we need something simpler

  5. Ahmed (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    i think the device you are talking abt is this

  6. atif abdul rahman (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    real books can never be replaced by online ones.
    i read a lot of online material especially a lot of technical documentation but nothing can replace the charm of a real book reading while in bed or in the balcony.

    btw, there used to b a second book stand at dalton’s (hot n spicy bbq) in defense. it was huge, now its gone too :(

  7. Zainub (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm

    I buy all my books from Liberty Books, the one near BBQ Tonight…since they’ve renovated it, there’s a whole floor below the shop and its all quite nice. I know the books can be expensive, but if you get one of their memberships you can get discounts.

  8. MB (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    online books can never replace real ones. NO WAY

  9. Mansur (unregistered) on March 6th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    I miss those book stalls too :( First it was the Expo Center that forced the stalls to move all the way up to Bait-ul-mukarram and now they’ve disappeared from there too.

  10. Kurrachee Girl (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

    I concur to whoever is in favor of ‘real’ books. You can read a ‘real’ book as and when you like .. to your comfort and pleasure whereas for digital book reading you definately need specific time and position.
    Waisey I love ’em reading before going to bed.
    I think although new books are expensive but they charm to great extent.

  11. wasiq (unregistered) on March 11th, 2007 @ 1:50 am

    God bless you girls for remembering me in your lent prayers
    No iam not Blocked,Banned or Bored…..just doing the forty nights with less internet=lesser porne…..and Enjoying the PIA ordeal..yeah europe walloun ka bhi jawab nahein…per katay saiyaad kay per kaat tay hain….lol

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