Walking down the malls or fumbling around a book shelf at one of those fancy book stores, we realize how things have turned tables and our city which once comprised of ‘pols’ and ‘dukans’ have tuned in to become a big time metro! Some things in the city are however not meant to be changed forever. Whether it is buying gamthi at the Rani no Hajiro or hogging over pani puris at Manekchowk. Sometimes pondering over the fact that the aesthetic of our city yet lays in the way the same culture is brought forward generations down the line.
Apart from the flamboyant stores and enchanting places that stand across, Amdavad yet carries its true essence in everything that was there from its inception to what still exists. One thing to behold is the typical book stores and Lorries at Fernandes Bridge. This part of the city is still bustling with vendors who try to push you to buy their books and literally fetch your stuff while you pass.
The fun lies in visiting these places, dancing your way out of the mob, bargaining with the sellers and ruffling through piles of second hand books that make you sneeze for a while. How contrasting it is to a contemporary book store, where you just got to stand and collect your stuff, while a person in crisp clothes would attend you.
Pondering over the fact that Amdavad still smells of a huge collection of exotic books is something in itself that speaks about the city’s traditional galore!
Amazing clicks by Kenil Paliwal