#1 – Reach at the earliest possible as most markets get crowded by noon along with traffic.
#2 – Carry enough chilled water as you’ll need to walk A LOT searching for the best deals on books. Best suggestion would be to carry freshly made lemonade or Lemon Soda (Shikanji/Bhanta) as it replenishes your body’s salt lost in sweat and prevents dehydration. Most places have several Shikanji vendors at every corner worth 5 to 20 rupees.
#3 – Carry a well-sized bag which can store your books safely without ruining the covers (how frustrating that is!). Most people are likely to buy 2 kilograms of books when they visit for the first time. Keep your wishlist ready and your eyes open.
#4 – Have enough money as you’ll find many books and you’ll want/need to have them all! There are sellers who sell books at the rate of Rs. 150 for 1 kg! Isn’t that crazy?
#5 – Wear full-length clothes as you need to be covered completely in order to be protected from probable mosquito bites and/or sun tan. Apply a generous amount of a good quality sunscreen, every 2 hours.
#6 – Be prepared for hardcore bargaining! If you’re not good at it, then just get. More money you save, more books you go home with!
#7 – Don’t starve yourself as you’ll be at a risk to get a heatstroke and/or faint. Keep munching snacks like chips and biscuits as they’ll boost up your energy.
#8 – Protect your belongings from pickpockets.
#9 – Carry a Power Bank and keep your phone charged. You won’t be able to see your screen under the sun and you’ll keep the brightness full, draining out your battery.
#10 – Don’t forget to click pictures with your bibliophile friends! You’ll definitely get a BookGasm when you see yourself surrounded by so many books 😉
Being Arjun Randhawa is complicated. You’ll need to manage studies and work towards your goal to get admission in a good American College to study Neurobiology and get a good SAT score, handle your pet dog (Pluto)’s cuteness, drown in coffee and chocolate shakes, listen to great Pop and few EDM music tracks, obsess over your love for TFIOS/F.R.I.E.N.D.S and to Promote/Blog/Review books in scheduled time! Arjun loves reading and reviewing, doing movie marathons with best friends, gulping frappé and has even played Rolf Gruber (from Sound Of Music) in front of thousands of people in Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium,