Classic addition

By Waqar Gillani

These days, if you enter ‘Classic Books’, one of the old book shops and a publishing house at Regal Chowk on The Mall you will find a smiling Rashid Hussain Agha, one of the proprietors of the bookstore, welcoming you with all kinds of bakery stuff ‑ cookies and ready to eat food items

Yes, the history has taken another turn. Agha family, known because of its printing of progressive writings and literature, has now added a bakery in the basement and ground floor of their four-storey book house, shifting the books to the third floor.

“We started the bakery after long deliberations and a survey of the area. We had been thinking of starting some other business along with the bookshop for the last couple of years,” fifty-one-year-old Rashid tells The News on Sunday, adding, “The reason is simple. There is decline in book business and severe decline in book selling.” He further says, “We have been facing depressing times in the last couple of years that forced us to think anew so we decided to rename Classic as bakery and books.” Click here to read complete article.


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