[. . .]Uma Mahdevan-Dasgupta pays a tribute to that Bibliophile's paradise -- The New and Secondhand bookshop, near Metro Cinema, which is 100 years old this year.
It is also a landmark of sorts for serious booklovers in Bombay. Its name, offering new as well as second-hand books, suggests its typically inclusive approach to the profession of bookselling.
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According to C.R.Mankame, the knowledgeable store manager who has worked here for some sixty years - ever since he was eleven years old - within this cramped space are nearly 100,000 books.