Re­mem­ber­ing Ram Ad­vani

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To mark the 97th birth an­niver­sary of Ram Ad­vani, an iconic book­seller, Sanatkada or­gan­ised a memo­rial ser­vice at its cam­pus in Kais­erbagh on Wed­nes­day.

The cer­e­mony saw par­tic­i­pa­tion of booklovers from di­verse walks of life, who gath­ered at Sanatkada just to re­live their mem­o­ries with the cel­e­brated book­seller. Ram Ad­vani passed away on March 9, 2016 at the age of 95. It was the sec­ond meet where the booklovers and his near and dear ones shared their bond­ing with Ad­vani who was also an avid golfer.

“He is missed a lot, not just as a book seller but as a good com­pan­ion and the one whose con­tri­bu­tion to books and schol­ar­ship is un­match­able,” said re­tired Jus­tice Vishnu Sa­hai as he rem­i­nisced about his friend­ship with Ad­vani.

Other book lovers Pramesh Agar­wal said as a reader, Ad­vani sir’s death left a deep im­pact on him. “I have never imag­ined Luc­know with­out Ad­vani sir, he is missed a lot,” said Agar­wal. Mad­havi Kuck­reja of Sanatkada too shared her views about the iconic book­seller.

Other ses­sion saw an eclec­tic mix of read­ings in Hindi, English and Urdu. Tasleem Mah­mud read Gulzar’s poem Kitabein while Noor Khan read her own writ­ing on the love for read­ing. Aye­sha Sid­diqui and Ruth Chakravarty also read cho­sen texts on the oc­ca­sion. Ad­vani’s sis­ter Mo­hini Man­g­lik and daugh­ter Rad­hika were also present on the oc­ca­sion.

The ses­sion was fol­lowed by an open dis­cus­sion, where peo­ple from the au­di­ence too shared their views and book lovers also re­counted their mem­o­ries of Ad­vani.

In April 2016 Sanatkada had launched the Ram Ad­vani Book Cor­ner at its cam­pus which has sec­ond­hand books gifted to them by its friends. Books are sold at give­away prices. The idea is to share great works and the gift of books. The con­tri­bu­tion col­lected sup­ports cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties held at Sanatkada ka Adda. Born in Karachi in 1920, Ram Ad­vani ran book­shops in La­hore and Simla be­fore set­ting up shop in Luc­know. Ram Ad­vani Book­sellers, in May­fair build­ing, Hazrat­ganj, had over the years drawn cel­e­brated writ­ers, schol­ars, and book lovers. The shop closed down ear­lier this year. .

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