While the newly minted prints arrive via autorickshaws from the printing press, his newspaper distribution syndicate arrives at this store at 4 am. Starting from that point, he categorises the bundles based on the respective publications and then allocates them to his agents, each entrusted with specific localities.
Ajit's distribution network ensures timely delivery of newspapers as well as various regional language papers including Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi. These papers find their way to the nooks and crannies of Mount Mary, Hill Road, Carter Road, Waroda Road, and more
After flunking various subjects in grade X in 1983, Ajit was bequeathed the store as a befitting role post his defeat at school. From that point onward, his reading was limited to the titles of publications bundled as newspapers, and his writing was confined to recording the requested copy numbers for specific regions
In the 1980s, it was primarily dedicated readers who would make their way to his shop situated adjacent to the renowned Parsi café – Goodluck. His book kiosk held particular appeal among cinema luminaries who frequented Mehboob Studios. Notable personalities such as Salman Khan, Jackie Shroff, Rekha, Subhash Ghai, John Abraham, Mumtaz, and others were familiar faces at his store. "Their vehicles would halt at my stall, and with a quick glance, I'd discern which magazine to retrieve for them," Shelar recalls with a hint of nostalgia
As a proud citizen of India, I encourage my fellow countrymen to cultivate the habit of daily newspaper reading,", says Shelar with a firm tone. He believes that intelligence isn't solely defined by degrees but by a deep awareness of both national and international events. When asked about the decline in readership, he responds by indicating that readership has, in fact, rebounded.“The permanence of ink on paper stands as conclusive and can be contested in any courtroom proceeding. Such undeniable solidity is a rarity in the transient realm of smartphones" added Shelar