All over the world, bookstores went away and now they are making a come back. Now, Amazon is also setting up physical bookstores. It’s like a cyclic phenomenon. And I think if you want a bookstore and you want it to survive, you might have to do two things. Firstly, you have to figure out how are you going to get customers coming to your bookstore. The next is that you need to make sure that they are gonna come back.
Yes, of course I am a minority at JNU.
It has some role to play definitely. If life is well balanced, it becomes difficult to do poetry. Gautam Buddha didn’t do poetry. Not only your pain but others’ pain too affects you. I have written about the pain of workers in Chandni Chowk factories. When a 5 year-old girl is raped, you feel pain in such a situation. There has to be some pain, some trauma. A very joyous poem, I haven’t been able to write so far.
I did have the chance to have a regular job. Even my friends wanted to get me a better job. But I chose to have a bookstore because in the three years I spent working at a bookstore, I learnt that I enjoyed my conversations with my customers who came to buy books. So apart from my own passion for reading, I found something which I enjoyed doing. That’s how the Bookworm began.