The Sunday before the last was a complete washout as far as our trip to Abids was concerned. Thought the Sunday started off sunny and very bright, there was a sudden and heavy downpour shortly after we began our search for books at Abids sometime around half past eleven. We waited a long time hoping the rain would stop but it continued to rain. The gushing water soaked all the books on the pavements though the sellers tried pathetically to cover them up with sheets of tarpaulin. I couldn’t bear to watch the books getting completely drenched in that manner that would make them useless. We left, disheartened that we hadn’t found anything worth buying.