Just outside this market in the south Delhi area of the same name are a number of second-hand bookshops. You can pick up real bargains here, and they have the books organised according to collections. They even have a buy-back policy if you are aorund for longer, so you get 75% of what you paid when you return for more! All sorts of standard ficiton but you can find some lesser known authors and genres too.
Tip: If you are travelling from abroad and are being tempted by all the cheap books available which you cannot pack into your 20kg weight limit, just buy all that you want. Stack them into packs of about 5 kgs (about 20 or so paperbacks). Go a stationary shop, get some bubble wrap, some clear wide tape and some brown paper. Make packages- Ist bubble, then brown paper. Leave a large window on one side when wrapping the brown paper. Address it to your home, write Books, Printed matter only in large letters, go to a Post office and send it by seamail. It will cost about 170 Rs (hardly 3 euros) for a 5 kilo packet. In about 6-8 weeks you will get your packet at home.
Vasant Vihar Market
You’ll see hawkers and street stalls everywhere, flogging not just shawls, ornaments, trinkets and other tourist junk but reading material. In fact, both Penguin and Oxford University Press have indigenous operations here and you can often find brand new and reasonably good quality English paperbacks - not only India-related tomes but the latest Booker winners, and many classics of wider interest - at a fraction of what they’d cost you back home.
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