By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: In the third row at AEI Field towards left a stall from Delhi finds itself crowded. The crowd comprises readers of diverse tastes. It seems everyone needs a copy or more of his/her favourites at only Rs 100 a copy. Classic English novels with hard cover are sold at the same price. The me of the stall could be known from the display above as it reads ‘Student Book Centre’. This particular stall has the massive collection of books by foreign authors, from Rudyard Kipling to Dan Brown. According to the Stall Keeper, they are witnessing a footfall of 600 customers a day.
The broad shelves of the book stands are stacked with Dan Brown’s ‘Angels and Demons’, ‘Digital Fortress’, ‘The Vinci Code’, Deception Point’ and others, Lee Child’s ‘Worth Dying for’, ‘Gone Tomorrow’ and others, John Grisam’s ‘The Partner’, ‘The Appeal’, ‘The Ruway Jury’, ‘The Street lawyer’, ‘The Confession’, ‘The Litigators’ and others.
Terming the books as ‘hot cakes’, Bablu, the stall keeper hailing from Delhi, said these books are bestseller ones.
“The books that we bring are bought from Kamala Market at Ajmeri Gate and Paharganz in New Delhi. We deal with fiction, non-fiction, hard-bound English novels and classic novels, coffee-table books and general books. We take part in every book fair in some parts of the country. We install our stalls in both the book fairs held in Guwahati. We only deal with English authors other than Indian authors. People are more attracted to their writings,” Bablu said.