Ever since the inception of my musings here on Metro Channel, I have written on numerous topics unconsciously forgetting the one I am most relate to by virtue of being  student.

Any guesses?

Well, yes. I am in fact talking about the boi-para of Kolkata.

I can bet on the fact that any student in Kolkata or even in the neighbouring areas has been to Kolkata to soak in the grandeur of the place - at least once, if not necessarily to buy a book.

The area is flooded with grandeur. The prestigious Presidency University, Hindu College and the irreplaceable Coffee House which has been the place of debates and discussions for so many luminaries of Bengal for so many years.

In this age of Flipkart and Snapdeal, the boi-para of Kolkata has held on to its own.

One visit to this book-lover’s paradise and you will be greeted with numerous chants of ”Didi dada ki lagbe?”

Although being a good bargainer is almost a prerequisite when buying books here, there are way too many good things about this place that overshadow this one slight problem. I am more than certain that there’s no book-store in the city that allows one the scope to see and flip through so many books from so many different genres in one particular place.

But, apart from being the visual spectacle that it definitely is, this boi-para of ours serves a greater purpose. Being the humble background that majority of the Indian population hails from, it is not possible for most of us to buy first hand books. And so, right here at boi-para, second hand books at cheaper affordable rates are available for who so ever wishes to lay their hands on a slice of knowledge.

If the purpose of education is to circulate knowledge among all and sundry then nobody does it better than our very own boi-para - cradled in the heart of Kolkata.

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Comments (3)
Prasanta Goswami Reply
October 29, 2013
Wonderful piece. It puts into perfect words what thousands of people experience daily. Besides buying or browsing or some unsuccessful bargaining over books, who can keep from a round of adda with friends over steaming cups of coffee at the Coffee House?
Shilpi Mukherjee
October 29, 2013
Glad that you liked the piece. I too used to spend quite many hours at the Coffee House after my college hours ended.
Amarto Reply
October 29, 2013
I've spent many wonderful hours there too. It's a real treat.
Burning Ice Reply
October 28, 2013
Awesome . . . Perfectly woven words to describe our very own heritage. One word : TOUCHED!
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