Heaven in Lahore for Book-lovers

If you are an avid reader and enjoy reading books then here is a great news for you to keep reading, best news ever. According to Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) officials the country’s first book street will open soon in Lahore. This 1200-yard long street would be situated on the Thornton Road, a side lane on The Mall. And that the international standard book street would offer books at cheaper prices.

The book street would definitely help Lahoris get all sorts of books. The government had been delaying the project since 2006. But now is the right time to read on.

Source: Daily Times

23 Comments so far

  1. Opee (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:25 am

    Thats one nice thing to have! Awesome. :)

  2. suh (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:26 am

    i thought that the book street location had changed to liberty market.

  3. suh (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    also any update on carpet street and flower street

  4. Opee (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:30 am

    Well, we do have a dupatta street! *angel-face*

  5. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    lollllzzzz@Opee: Oh, u r still in Dupatta Gali? …hmm….must be looking for Captain (only) :p

  6. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    Oh wow … Lahore here I come =)

    But hey I’m old books fan =)

  7. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:50 am

    hy!! then u better go to anarkali …..

  8. Bilal Rashid (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    so returns the dupatta gali and Captain sahab ki baat :p .. i dont think hassan will post in this topic :p

  9. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:04 am

    lolllzzzz…i bet.

  10. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:12 am

    And PS loses the bet ;P

  11. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:15 am

    yeni k OH MY GOD


    goooooooooooooood to see ya capteen …*mcleans “twice a day” smile :))

  12. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:17 am

    *issi baat par party na ho jaye ;)

  13. Opee (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    Party, in dupatta gali? ;) *angel-face-again*

  14. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:35 am

    Ab tu udher he karni hay, pakka ho gaya ab :D

  15. Opee (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:37 am


    Aap ko tow kisay nai kuch nahi kehna…
    … Phaintee hum ‘larkon’ ko parr jani hai


  16. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:49 am

    cancellll,,,,,,,,,,,cancell , no party at dupata gali then

  17. Opee (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    na na na… aap party dainay ki fiqar karain… Location D-Gali bhi chalay gi.. We’ll do the band-o-bast! :P

  18. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 2:02 am

    lolzzz………… btw captain is going to throw the party …. , let him decide the venue :)

    *PS looking for capTunn

  19. Opee (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 2:06 am

    Cupteen deciding party again…. :|

    Lo Ji, Gayi Party! :(

  20. Zerointolerance (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 5:57 am

    Éxcuse Moi’ , but have any of my dear Lahori Metblogging brothers and Sisters heard of Khori Garden in Karachi? It is an entire neighbourhood west of Saddar dedicated to books, coming into existence after partition, at the hands of ne Pakistanis who needed to create a marketplace. Overtime, its focus shifted towards books. And then there is Urdu Bazaar, both in Lahore and Karachi, and I am sure in other cities as well. When the government announces that there will be a new place entirely for books in Pakistan, one is reminded that the government does not know everythng about Pakistan.

    This announcement is probably due to a pressing need to do something about our “image”. why not? it does need improving. But I feel it is subconsciously aimed at those parts of society who do not know about such downscale places as Karachi and Urdu Bazaar. One hopes that the propesed Book Street has space for informal vendors, second hand stores, as well as the more expensive book stores.

    It would be very equalising if they did.

  21. MOZANG BIJLI (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    Dear 0-intolerance
    I fully agree with you, it will me more in pleasant to have used or second hand book shope in in this proposed B-street. The readers like us who have unsatiable thirst for literature can’t afford to buy plain 250 page novel for Rs650 every weekend. I was thrilled and did most of my shopping for books when the cheap book stalls sprouted all across the city in 2004 till 2006. I heard those were the containers of books with some minor printing error or some damage on the body which were imported by God knows home and were sold at the dream low prices. I found many novels I had been longing for in those book stalls and at a throw away price too.
    Even in Ferozsons and Mawra on mall they had a seperate section for these book and all the classics by Thomas Hardy or Dickens were sold at Rs 100 to 150.
    But this summer when i visited lahore all those books were gone, In my habit of picking the book and taking it directly to counter I was told by the sales man that this small 200 or some page novel is worth 650, needless to say I did’nt buy that.
    But for book lovers who really cherish the books and cant afford to buy foreign aditions the spirit of book market will have an effect if the used or hugely discounted books are available.
    Another thing is that even if u give 50% discount on an Rs800 book it is still beyond the reach for my sucribes at the cost of Rs.400
    I hope it materalizes on Throton road. Liberty is way too crowded.

  22. Sam (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    I heard kah used and old books are allowed to import because they are considered as wastage isi leye un kah containers mangwa leye jaye jate hain and as far as new books are concerned lots of import duties and other issues? is it true?

  23. purple pineapple (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 1:53 am

    oh if only this was held like 3 weeks ago =( i was still in lahore at that time. i wonder if they have any books on pakistan, or pakistan history/culture. what’s the point of having only dan brown books when you can just get it from gulberg somewhere =/

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