By Arré Bench Dec. 01, 2020
In Mumbai’s Andheri, Rakesh runs a stall where you can rent books for ₹10 and like all small businesses, he was hit by the lockdown. But when patrons offered help he turned it down, saying, “I have food, I have my books…. This is enough for me.”
The joy of reading is one of the simplest yet most fulfilling pleasures available to us. And one man running a roadside book stall in Andheri, is happy that he gets to spread that very joy with his customers. IAS officer Awanish Sharan also shared the bookseller’s photograph and story on Twitter. Sharan wrote that Rakesh ran a stall where customers could rent books for just ₹10. The reason he charges such low rates is because he isn’t running his stall for profit. Rather, it’s a labour of love for the bookseller, since he loves books and sharing that passion is the reason he has the stall.
राकेश मुम्बई के अंधेरी में सेकंड हैंड पुस्तकों की एक छोटी सी दुकान चलाते हैं, जहां से आप 10/- रुपए में कोई भी पुस्तक किराये पर ले सकते हैं.
राकेश ने कहा कि लोग पैसे इसलिए कमाते हैं ताकि वो अपने शौक पूरे कर सकें. मुझे पढ़ने का शौक़ है और वो बिना पैसे खर्च किये ही पूरा हो रहा है. pic.twitter.com/VH3v0IydVZ
— Awanish Sharan (@AwanishSharan) November 29, 2020
Rakesh and his book stall are a huge hit on social media. His novel initiative of lending books out at a low cost comes with only one condition: that readers promise to return them once they are finished with them. Last year, the bookseller told a visitor to his stall why he isn’t interested in turning a profit from his book stall. “People earn so they can spend on something they want and I am already surrounded by the one thing that I’ve always wanted,” he said.