Lahore: 27 Feb:The footpaths of Lahore’s Mall Road, too, are known for old books and on many previous occasions I had found old books in Lahore much cheaper than in Karachi. But my recent visit made me realise that old books in Lahore, too, are now slowly slipping beyond common man’s reach. Though I bought from Mall Road’s footpath The Hand Gazetteer of India, A Dictionary and Glossary of the Koran, and some very old issues of Oriental College Magazine for over Rs500 but I knew that they must have been much cheaper just a few years ago. On my apparent reluctance, the bookseller said with a tinge of grief that old books were much more expensive than they used to be. Maybe, inflation has had its toll. But what can a book junkie do except seeking solace in the thought that now old books are ever more ‘dearer’.Dawn.