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Live from Kathmandu: Pilgrims bookstore is no more

Thursday night the famed Pilgrim's bookstore burned in a conflagration that took Kathmandu firefighters over 12 hours to douse.

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The Nepali newspapers report various causes and, of course, the rumors are flying.  Luckily, there were no fatalities, although a few firefighters were injured.

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Burnt books are strewn across the shop. 

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It is a sad loss, as Pilgrim's Book Shop has been a Kathmandu tradition for over 30 years.  

Pilgrim's Books in Kathmandu burned
Even a pre-monsoon rainstorm did not keep curious bystanders away from the devastation as they crowded the streets of Thamel.   I did notice that the clean up crew was not using gloves or any other safety devices as they quickly cleaned the surrounding restaurants and shops of debris.

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Hopefully not too many rare and out of print books were at the burnt location, but nevertheless, a Thamel treasure was lost.

UPDATE:    The workers are busily combing the ruins of Pilgrims Bookstore and it is indeed a grim sight.

Burnt books make a shrine in front of Pilgrims Bookstore
Passersby look at the gems that have partially survived.   There is a sign mentioning that these books are not for sale.

Remnants of Pilgrims Bookstore fire
This charred statue is a reminder of what has been lost.  

Pilgrims will surely be missed.

 

 

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Vaidya Vishweshwar Prasad Tiwari , Varanasi, INDIA...

its a sad demise that an institution of knowledge is burnt to ashes....but the knowledge stands alone till eternity . i pray the store re-establishes itself and flourishes even better than before...

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