InOnIt Guides: Bookstores In Mumbai

There are some who get drunk on whiskeys and then there are some who are constantly drunk on books. This edition of the guides is for the latter; for the ones who like the smell of books, both old and new. While libraries are your best bet to thrive in an altered world, bookstores will help you increase the stack of books on the floor beside you; because libraries would eventually shut for the day and you’ll have to head home but bookstores will make sure that you don’t run out on the supply of poppy. So for those who crinkle their nose at the mention of Kindle, here’s a brief list of bookstores in Mumbai where you can discover a different world and find odd characters.

Title Waves, Bandra

Now here’s an 8,000 square feet plot put to good use. The city’s first boutique bookstore, Title Waves is your first choice when it comes to searching for your favourite books. The bookstore has a dedicated shelf for almost every category that pops in your mind, be it poetry, Indian writing, classics, fantasy, spiritual, architecture, science, history, math, biographies and a kiddie corner. Search by author, by title or by publisher with their touch screen kiosk and the exact location of your book will jump out. With a warm and spacious ambience, the bookstore has an equally huge collection of CDs and DVDs along with a specially designed lounge that has been created to belt out your favourite music. The bookstore also has an event area for workshops, author readouts and open mike nights.

Address: Title Waves, St Pauls Media Complex, 23rd Road, TPS III, opposite Durello Convent School, Bandra (W), call 022 26510841.

Bargain Book Hut, Kala Ghoda

Nestled in the winding lanes beside Joss, Bargain Book Hut is a charming little bookstore. A neighbourhood favourite, it is a new unit of Wilco Publishing House and has been designed for book lovers. What sets this one apart from the rest is that the books are sold at greatly discounted prices. With stacks of books that cover topics such as art, gardening, fashion, photography, cookery and more, the selection of books here is on rotation. So you better pick up that title that caught your eye because it might not be there on your next visit.

Address: Bargain Book Hut, ITTS House, Ground Floor, 33 Sri Sri Baba marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, call 022 22041421 or visit their website here.

Kitab Khana, Fort

Bean bags, shelves in bright hues of pink, blue and orange and a place where you can re-discover the wonderful world of books. Kitab Khana is situated in the heart of Mumbai and has an ambience that blends the charm of books with the aroma of coffee. Housed in a heritage structure almost 150 years old, this bookstore has heaps of books from contemporary to classics in English, Hindi, Gujrati, Marathi and Urdu. After you pile up on books, stop by their in house cafe, Food For Thought for an immaculate cup of coffee.

Address: Somaiya Bhavan Ground Floor, 45/47 MG Road, Fort, Mumbai, call 022 22888041/43.

Art and Design Bookstore, Fort

While other bookstores in the city have mere shelves dedicated to art and design books, this one has set aside an entire store for that section. Find an assortment of books presenting some of the most creative endeavours made by man in the past couple of centuries at the Art and Design Bookstore in Fort. Pick up key titles on architecture, interior design, graphic design, advertising, painting, sculptures, installation art, urbanism and planning and landscape among others. The store also has a small section of Moleskine notebooks. The collection is enough to whet appetites with books from numerous publishing houses.

Address: 104 Ramnimi, Colaba, Mandlik Road, Fort, Mumbai, call 022 22822211. Open every day from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

CMYK Bookstore, Lower Parel

A first of its kind concept bookstore to be launched in India, CMYK officially opened at the Good Earth store in Raghuvanshi Mills in May, 2012 in Mumbai. With previous stores in Pune and Delhi, this one sits right next to the Le15 Patisserie counter. The bookstore gives you a break from browsing through rows of books by displaying titles in old television sets and refrigerators. Set up by publishing house Roli Books, the store has its own range of titles apart from other works. Browse through their collection and be surprised!

Address: CMYK Bookstore, good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai; call 9821227441. Open every day from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Granth, Juhu and Santacruz

One of the biggest bookstores in the suburbs of Mumbai, Granth houses an impressive collection of 20,000 titles under various subjects. Arm yourself with the longest list of books that you can get hold of and head to this bookstore. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, travel, cookery, biographies, management, health, films, philosophy or humour, the bookstore has it all.

Address: 270, Citi Center, S.V.Road, Goregoan (W), Mumbai; call 022 28768989

30/A, H.M. House, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz (W), Mumbai; call 022 26609327.

Oxford Bookstore, Churchgate

Catch on some serious reading or simply hang around as you leaf through tomes of books that can be found at Oxford Bookstore. And it’s not just about books here. The store has a cultural space that is open to various literary events like book readings, art exhibitions, film discussions, lectures and performance arts. And as you spend hours thumbing through the books, sip some of the finest teas from Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri available at the Cha Bar.

Address: Apeejay House, 3 Dinsha Vachha Road, Churchgate; call 022 66364477.

Strand Book Stall, Fort

This 60 year old bookstore chain with main branches in Mumbai and Bangalore, has volumes of titles available at their store. Leaf through Strand Book Stall’s fine collection that comprises categories like art, food, nature and wildlife, photography, literature and more that can be purchased at a minimum of 20% discount. Look out for the different book festivals that happen across the year at their bookstore.

Address: C 15, Dhannur Building, Sir PM Road, Fort, Mumbai; call 022 22661719

Landmark, across Mumbai

The list wouldn’t have been complete without Landmark. With branches across Mumbai, the bookstore provides an extensive reading space along with a cultural space to conduct events, plays, games and more. Apart from stocking titles from almost every category, the store also has other sections dedicated to music, movies, games, stationery and technology.

Address: Landmark has several stores across Mumbai.

Crossword, across Mumbai

Another name among famous bookstores in Mumbai, Crossword too has spread its wings across the city. With outlets sprouted in almost every area, Crossword is a centre point for all cultural and social interaction. Meet and discuss books with your favourite authors and poets through the numerous book reading session and launches at their stores. The bookstore also offers services like Dial-a-book, Fax-a-book and E-mail-a-book that enables you to shop from their extensive range from their home.

Address: Crossword has different stores across Mumbai.

- Esha Chanda

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