By Kamila Hyat, for the Gulf News (April 28, 2008)
Lahore: For years, book lovers in Lahore, a city reputed for its literary history as well as its architectural inheritance, have mourned the apparent loss of the love of reading.
Many book shops have gradually vanished and in others, magazines have taken the place of more substantial tomes.
Teachers and parents have lamented the fact that in an age of television, DVDs, computer games and numerous other forms of jazzy electronic entertainment, children had turned away from books.
But, a single experimental idea has proved much of this conjecture about the relationship between Lahoris and books to be false.
The large Readings bookstore, which stocks row after row of used books, encyclopaedias and other literary material from the US, has within the two years or so of its existence become one of the most popular spots in the city. Continue reading