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Memories of a market

A stack of gramophone records and second-hand books coated in a layer of dust lie in the corner of 62-year-old Imran Ahmed’s living room in Royapettah. Picking a cloth, he inches towards the unkempt stack and brushes it while occasionally blowing the dust off the books. “I purchased some of these books and discs a few months before the lockdown from the Allikulam Complex (Moore Market Complex),” he tells, as he goes on to pick a trinket — a lock fashioned in the shape of an owl with a rusty old key. “This is not of great value, except that it is the key to many memories — of an edifice that once stood tall near the Central Station — the...

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