I Bought The Book

@else34 (13602)
New Delhi, India
April 2, 2016 6:45am CST
Way back home from my workplace half an hour ago,I happened to pass from in front of my friend's bookshop.He called out to me,'Hey,Jai !' I stopped my bike and turned to him. 'I have something for you.Would you like to see it?' He said smilingly. Curious,I got down from my bike and stepped in the shop. 'Wait a bit..'He said,went in and came back with a book in his hand. 'This book has been in my shop for more than three years.This is the only copy left.Nobody bought it,and perhaps,nobody will.I,too,had completely forgotten it before I chanced to find it in a pile of books.I think,it's the kind of book you have been looking for.'He said. I cast a glance on the cover.It was 'Natural Grammar' by Scott Thornbury,published by Oxford University Press. A cursory glance on the cover and the introduction made me convinced that my friend was right.It must be the kind of grammar book I have been looking for. The book is organized around the key words of the English language,such as as,all,at,the,been,being,by,like,long,too..and so on.The writer shows how these keywords are used in a natural way and in what context.With each keyword set phrases are also mentioned. I asked him the price. 'The printed price is Rs.195,' He said,'But you may take it only for Rs.10.'He handed over the book to me. I have bought the book.Tonight I'll read it.I hope it proves to be a serendipitous shopping.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
Oo Oxford Grammar...such a nice book my friend and a good bargain. It will stand well to you. I would have purchased that one too.
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@else34 (13602)
• New Delhi, India
2 Apr 16
@TiarasOceanView,And I got it at a throwaway price.Only Rs.10 for Rs.195.Now I am waiting for the night.Let me see whether it's really the book I have been looking for.
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• United States
2 Apr 16
@else34 I am sure Oxford will be able to help you..
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@else34 (13602)
• New Delhi, India
2 Apr 16
@TiarasOceanView Thanks.I,too,hope so.
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@gudheart (12741)
7 Apr 16
Glad you managed to get it at a discount :D
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@else34 (13602)
• New Delhi, India
7 Apr 16
@gudheart,The credit goes to my friend who sold the book to me at a throwaway price.
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@gudheart (12741)
7 Apr 16
@else34 Good to have friends like that :D
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@else34 (13602)
• New Delhi, India
7 Apr 16
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@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
3 Apr 16
Wow, he almost gives it to you free of charge! I think he must have paid Rs 100 for it, and yet he sells it to you at a loss. No way the cost price is Rs10 when the selling price is so much higher.
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@else34 (13602)
• New Delhi, India
3 Apr 16
@scheng1,Yes,he sold the book to me at throwaway prices.He said to me that he did not want the termites eat up the book.I agree with you that he sold the book for free.
@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
2 Apr 16
if nothing else, you got a good deal on it!
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@else34 (13602)
• New Delhi, India
3 Apr 16
@Jessicalynnt,You are right.I bought it at a throwaway price.My friend said he didn't want the book savoured up by termites and I could take it for Rs.10 only.
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@Sreekala (23693)
• India
2 Apr 16
You got the book just for 10 Rs instead of 195 Good you have a great friend and shop keeper Grammar is something, I don't have the patience to learn
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@else34 (13602)
• New Delhi, India
2 Apr 16
@Sreekala,That's why I say it may be a serendipitous shopping.He's my childhood friend.Do you know what he said to me?He said,'If you don't buy this book,Jai,then termites would 'read' it.'LOL !!
@MALUSE (43416)
• Uzbekistan
2 Apr 16
Good luck with this grammar book!
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@else34 (13602)
• New Delhi, India
2 Apr 16
@MALUSE,Thanks,my friend.Now I have only cast a glance on the pages.Waiting for night.Let me see whether it's really the book I have been looking for.Hopefully it is.