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South Mumbai Bookshops

December 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments

My favourite bookstore – like for many others – is Strand Book Stall at Fort. The collection is simply amazing, and every time I go there, I find something to surprise me. Even though other bookshops are bigger, there is something about Strand which enables discovery. They almost seem to know what will sell. In that diverse mix is a book for every taste. Abhishek too has started liking Strand – after he discovered that they a few snakes and reptiles books! So, now for the last two Sundays, we have been going there as he samples the children’s section books and decides what to buy. The rule we have set is: no more than 1 book per visit.

South Mumbai also has a few other good bookshops. Crossword is quite literally a stone’s throw from my house at Kemp’s Corner, and Oxford, at Churchgate. I really want to like Crossword, but something about it holds me back. We do visit Crossword often, but mostly it is for Abhishek to add to his small cars collection. Oxford is much more of a rarity in terms of visits. On my visits to Taj, I also used to stop by Nalanda. I guess it will be sometime before that happens.

And then there’s Amazon.com — the bookshop which is in the neighbourhood of everyone! My use of Amazon is now two-fold — to buy fiction books to read on the Kindle, and order the newest titles in case someone is coming over from the US to Mumbai.

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  • 1 kb // Dec 5, 2008 at 10:14 am

    I’ve contemplated buying the kindle for my wife who reads a lot. It seemed like the perfect gift and it would spare us some space in the house given the library that’s being built with my wife constantly buying books.
    But here’s my fear. I recently bought a 10′ kodak digital photo frame on amazon, since it wasn’t available in india, for $150, shipped it to a US address and had someone bring it here. It turned out to be a product that was termed as ‘dead on arrival’ by kodak’s authorized service center here in andheri. In other words, a defective product. It didn’t have international warranty and I couldn’t find anyone to take it back to the US within the stipulated 30-days of amazon’s refund/returns policy. Shipping it was prohibitively expensive. Kodak India didn’t help and amazon said they couldn’t do anything anymore. All this made me wonder whether I want to take a chance with a kindle given that it isn’t a cheap product and I surely can’t rely on people taking it to the US/shipping for me in case there are issues.

  • 2 Satyam Bachani // Dec 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I think the best time I’ve had shopping for books were in my collage days ahead of churchgate station on the pavement I remember getting the vaguest of titles possible that would be impossible otherwise to get!! and to me in a funny way it was a superb experience going through books there in the hustle bustle of the city, I think only after Oxford opened they were told to go!.

    Regards,

    Satyam Bachani.

  • 3 Sundar // Jan 26, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Dear Rajesh,

    I am curious to know what holds you back from Crossword.
    I get sick of shopping around in Landmark Chennai as tens of thousand of books are dumped around, though they have an amazing collection in all three showrooms. It requires enormous patience to get what we want.

    I found it easier to shop in Crosswords in Powai or Airport when I visit Mumbai.

    Hope we get Amazon India soon.

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