Our weekends comprised visiting Book stores and libraries to look out for latest arrivals and invariably I would end up picking up a book or two from the former and borrowing books on my subject from the latter. Most of the times I would notice people of all ages sitting comfortably on the few stools provided before the book shelves and browse through books and magazines. I noticed a perceptible change of late in the number of book lovers visiting leading book stores. The foot falls appear to be dwindling despite the attractive offers which say, ‘three for two.’ What is even more surprising is the new titles by celebrity authors promptly find a place here.
Even while I was wondering where chennaiites spend their week ends, I found the answer –their favourite haunts have shifted from the world of books to the world of Malls, the latest one to have come up is at Vellachary which is added to nearly half a dozen Malls already existing.
The Malls might draw visitors mainly for the air-conditioned comfort but it remains to be seen whether the several leading sari shops housed here will attract real buyers !
n.meera raghavendra rao