My love for books began from the time I learnt how to read. I have been told that as a child I would be the one reading the bedtime stories to my parents, instead of vice versa. This love for reading was encouraged by my parents who did not hesitate to buy me books.
When I first moved to Mumbai, I was so excited to know that books were available on the street for a throwaway price. And believe me, I bought quite a few.
Eventually I realised that when I buy books from the street, although I may enjoy reading the books, I am not helping the authors get what is due to them.
I am a person who still loves the feel of a book and who cannot stand reading an e – book (which has a similar issue altogether); therefore now I have consciously decided to buy books from book stores even if it means buying fewer books than I used to.
P.S: However, there are times when these vendors on the street are able to procure some old books which you might otherwise have difficulty in finding.
The Photograph was taken in Connaught Place, New Delhi and represents my thoughts on the subject.