The age-old practice of visiting Abids area on Sunday mornings and browsing through the huge volumes of books dumped on the pavements has become a passé. Thanks to the roadside book stalls that now come up on Sundays throughout the city, buying used books has become a comfortable job. In short the Sunday book market at Abids has decentralised.
The roadsides on the main thoroughfares of Narayanguda, Chikkadpally, Koti and Musheerabad now host many roadside book stalls that come up on Sundays stocking books on various subjects, disciplines and languages attracting passersby and local people from the surrounding areas.
“These books stalls have brought about a change and help in saving time. Earlier, we had to go to the Abids Sunday book market but now we can get them near our houses,” says Vivek, an Engineering student.
“The mushrooming of these books stores at Chikkadpally and Narayanguda has helped the student community a lot, after Sunday tuition classes we can buy the needed material without spoiling the holiday,” says Karunakar, an Intermediate student.
The reason for traders to spread around the city is basically to cater to the needs of the people and credit the new opportunity. “The idea is to reach to a new set of people in their own neighbourhood and cash upon the opportunity, with not too many shops around we can get some extra price,” says Akif, a book seller at Musheerabad. “More over it happens to be a holiday and people are not interested in travelling on the city roads and in such situation our books stalls get buyers from surrounding areas. We stock various kinds of books in local languages. The technical books and novels are in great demand so we stock them in great numbers,” says another book seller.
ASIF YAR KHAN
The main thoroughfares of Narayanguda, Chikkadpally, Koti and Musheerabad host many roadside book stalls attracting passersby and local people