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India Today - - BEST OF INDIA - By Samit Basu, author

When I was a stu­dent, it was held uni­ver­sally true that Col­lege Street was part of the quin­tes­sen­tial Cal­cutta stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence, whether or not you went to a col­lege there. In my time at Pres­i­dency ( and we’re talk­ing about the pre­his­toric pre- mo­bile era) one of the key parts of be­ing a stu­dent was find­ing cheap ways to pro­cure books. For­tu­nately, we had Col­lege Street, eas­ily the best place to find sec­ond- hand books in the city, if not the coun­try. Plus, the ad­di­tional ben­e­fit of see­ing other peo­ple’s lives scrib­bled in the mar­gins.

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SAMIT BASU

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