Those were the days

“Back in the 1980s, Saturdays for me meant travelling from Chembur to town and spending the entire afternoon hunting for book bargains at Smokers Corner, at Ballard Estate, and then on the footpaths of Hutatma Chowk. The day wouldn’t end without a visit to the British Library and then a final session of reading at Kanga Library — where I am life member — at Wankhede Stadium.

The latter had the best books and magazines on cricket and of course, you could meet all your cricketer friends there. I am told that the Kanga Library is in a bad state now, and the books are in a bad condition. I hope somebody takes charge and revives it, for there can be no better cricket archives anywhere in India.”

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