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Cinema Posterwalla at Daryaganj

June 27, 2011

A trip to Sunday Kitab Market at Daryaganj is always a delight, but this Sunday I was surprised to see a new stall. The kid as the shop told me it has only been there since last couple of weeks. I went thorough the stuff, quite impressed, there were even Raj era letters, Rs.10 a piece. This was obviously just the sample. And the rates are great. Certainly better than what one pays online for such stuff. Hundred rupees for the theater brochure of 'Bombay to Goa' isn't too bad. The kid said he father will be back soon. An old man asked the kid how much for the whole bunch of those old letter. The man said he wants all, how much. The kid started flipping through the album in which the letters were kept, counting under his breath. 'Are you calculating?' The old man looked at me and then at the boy and gave a benevolent.

The father was there when I returned, he introduced himself as Shenky [real name Suleiman] and in the same breath asked me if I had come via Sufi. The kid must have reported but I was a bit confused. Sufi? I am Sufi.

Dilliwalla, Sir.

That rang a bell. He told me that the famous Dilliwalla had bought some rare Satyajit Ray from him and had covered him recently. It had helped him. Already he had sold stuff to five guys in the day who had come all the way from Delhi Cantt.

The collection on sale originally belonged to Shenky's father who collected it all over the years. After his father's death recently, Shenky decided to sell the collection.

He claims to have rare Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt, all Amitabh Bachchan,, even Italian and some other overseas stuff. Most averaging around Rs500. All impressive.

A Posterwalla, just past Sablok clinic at Daryaganj. Delhi certainly needed one and what better address for a posterwalla than Daryaganj on Sunday.

Posterwalla's son



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