The Shop Around the Corner

175 The Shop Around the Corner

Books really make the best companions… And book shops, well, don’t even get me started on them! They’re my favourite places to be… from when I was in the kingdom – Jarir Bookstore was my all-time favourite, and after having come here – I’ve found that Crossword and Landmark (boy, do I miss the underground store at Phoenix Mills!) are quite special. Of course, I love those old, quaint book shops too – you know, the ones with the huge stacks of Tinkle, and Mills & Boon, and that have a lot of favourite pieces of literature from your yesteryears… Okay, so coming to the point! I’ve been in Bombay for about ten years now, and I’ve discovered Kitab Khana very, very recently (because of this girl I follow on Instagramwhimsybookworm) – and now, because of her sister (let me introduce her – she’s kookycookie) – I finally found the hub of many a book lovers in the city! STRAND BOOK STALL.

It’s a quaint little shop alright, and took a bit to find but I asked 4-5 folks who pointed me in the right direction. I must have gotten there about twenty minutes before closing time (eep, I was LUCKY!) – and picked up four books. (I judge the books I buy by their covers.) This one’s really pretty – The Golden Honeycomb by Kamala Markandaya (Rs. 479), and the little snippet at the back was very interesting. I’ll share a mini-review on Instagram when I’m done, if you would like? Now, I’m going to get back to my new baby (I haven’t been this excited about a new book in VERY long!). I don’t know if I should say this? Eh, what the hell! Books? Books > Boys. Way better!

P.S. I’ve yet to check out the one in Bandra – Title Waves. Do you know it? And have you been there, what do you think of it? I forgot to say, when I order books online – Flipkart is my go-to place for NEW books available at sooper prices.

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

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