COL­LEC­TOR’S PRIDE

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATT -

When you see Naresh Du­dani sit­ting in his court­yard with mag­a­zines around him, you might think he’s an avid reader por­ing over his favourite picks. But a walk through the cozy home of this re­tired jour­nal­ist in Ahmed­abad re­veals a col­lec­tion of al­most 30,000 mag­a­zines, in­clud­ing IN­DIA To­day mag­a­zine copies in English and Hindi, that he’s col­lected over the past four decades. “My fa­ther in­tro­duced us to read­ing when we were chil­dren way back in 1963; he would buy Indrajal Comics and Chandamama for us and then urge us to pre­serve ev­ery­thing we read,” says the for­mer news ed­i­tor of the In­dian Ex­press in Ahmed­abad, who re­tired in July 2014 after a 35 year-long ca­reer in jour­nal­ism. By 1970, Du­dani was al­ready hooked on to read­ing and started going to newspaper stalls to buy all the mag­a­zines that were avail­able. “I spent all my

MY FA­THER IN­TRO­DUCED US TO READ­ING WAY BACK IN 1963; HE WOULD BUY INDRAJAL COMICS AND CHANDAMAMA AND THEN URGE US TO PRE­SERVE EV­ERY­THING WE READ.

pocket money on them,” he says.

Even now, Du­dani buys 25 mag­a­zines ev­ery month and scours the in­ter­net look­ing for old is­sues of var­i­ous mag­a­zines that he’s missed. His “30,000 plus” mag­a­zines are neatly ar­ranged in chrono­log­i­cal or­der and piled around the house—in the li­brary, liv­ing room and the bed­room. “From chil­dren’s books to sports mag­a­zines, I have al­most ev­ery­thing that’s avail­able,” he says. While lux­ury and fash­ion mag­a­zines don’t in­ter­est him much, Du­dani’s col­lec­tion has a wide range of ti­tles from across the coun­try in English and Hindi. He has now started cre­at­ing photo al­bums of cover pages of var­i­ous mag­a­zines in his col­lec­tion and among the first to be up­loaded on his Facebook page were the cov­ers of IN­DIA To­day from the sev­en­ties and the eight­ies. Con­tact facebook.com/naresh.du­dani

Pho­to­graph by SHAILESH RAVAL

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