Every once in a while, I come across a bookshop that is made for a book lover. Strand Bookshop in Mumbai is one such shop. I wrote recently about Manohar’s in Delhi for India books. Another such shop is Manney’s in Pune. (Disclosure: Manney’s owner’s daughter is married to my cousin.)
There is no better pleasure than browsing through such a bookshop and discovering books that one would never easily find on an online store. Standing there amidst the shelves, picking up a book that makes one’s heart leap, thumbing through it, reading a para or two, and then deciding on whether to buy or not — this is what a click can never replicate.
A book shop like this is a labour of love – for it is built by selection of a person who knows both customers and books. There is no better way to spend an hour or two on a lazy afternoon than in a shop made by and for book lovers.