Lucknow's iconic book seller Ram Advani passed away today. He was 95 and was not keeping well since he suffered a fracture in his femur in November 2015.
Advani started selling books in Lucknow in 1947 and was passionate about his work.
Earlier, in an interview with Outlook, Advani said:
“If you desire success, you’ve to take the hard route. I got this shop in 1951 and it’s always been a one-man show. The personal touch is important."
Here is an excerpt from that article:
When you listen to Rambhai speak about his life in his over half-a-century-old bookstore in Lucknow’s Hazratganj, Ram Advani Booksellers, you’d be forgiven for coveting a sliver of his energy and clarity of mind. He stands up to greet you. The tehzeeb, the warm smile, it’s all firmly in place, to go with the mop of silver hair. With the same measured gait you see on the golf course, he travels decades, offering you vignettes wrapped in old brown paperbacks. At 92, the dandy ‘sahab’ of Lucknow is his stately self at work too. He still maintains a six-hour shift, “roughing it out six days a week”.
Read the full article here.