I am happy to welcome on my blog Shalini Baisiwala. Today she shares with you the memory of a warm and wonderful place – a dream bookstore she chanced upon. Tuck in and read on. Do scroll down to know more about her.
“You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.” ― Jen Campbell, the Bookshop Book
Hello readers! I am thrilled to be here on my favourite book reviewer’s blog. I will of course be talking about books as I love them to death. I love collecting books and not just reading them. I have been struggling to get my mom to relinquish my stash of childhood books to me for years now. But she is “saving” them for my nephew who BTW has shown no interest in reading yet. Sigh!!! I miss my set of classics, Enid Blytons and Nancy Drews.
As an avid book lover, I am guilty of stopping in book stores just to soothe my eyes and soul. I have more often than not picked up books based on how pretty the cover was. Hardbound books are far more difficult to resist, though yes the pricing does break the heart and (pocket). You see book stores for me are what jewellery stores are to most women. Though I covet visiting them, I have off late started avoiding them as I binge shop there. So you could accuse me of cheating with online ones to order my books. 😉
But the other day, while waiting in the mall for a friend for a coffee date, I happened to notice this really quiet corner with a tall imposing door and a signboard declaring it to be Chapter 101.
Curious, I ventured inside and was instantly apparated to a Diagon alley-esque bookstore of magical proportions.
Dark panelled wood, comfortable armchairs, and shelves upon shelves of hard bound books in gorgeous hues with artistically calligraphed letterings. I pinched myself to see if I was dreaming, even as the manger behind a desk smiled knowingly. The hard bound ones were a siren’s call for me (and I did end up buying two of them.)
Walking past the first set of shelves, I noticed a tea tray with coffee/tea amenities and a note saying “Help yourself”. Mystified I queried the manager and he said it’s for patrons who wish for a quiet read here. That’s when I realised that the leather bound armchairs were not for decoration but were generous reading corners, replete with a book stand and a floor lamp. (I have been meaning to go and read here one day…. Hasn’t happened yet)
Large framed posters of music icons from the vintage era dominated some of the walls even as genuine collector’s editions (some first editions) peeked from the handsome wooden shelves. Soft jazz renditions crooned over the perfectly aligned music system, setting the tone for the perfect vintage feel!
The books here are an eclectic mix and one finds Murakami rubbing shoulder with Ernest Hemmingway and Margret Atwood with great élan. I am in love with the editions of classics that were on display here. The comic section boasts some amazing stuff too. (Be prepared to shell out far more for a book here than anywhere else).
The owner of this bookstore started it out not to make a buck but to genuinely invest in his passion of collecting books into a hobby. It’s a rare spot in the overtly commercial markets today where real estate prices demand a profitable venture to justify the existence and sustainability of businesses. Yet the owner put in his own money and is keen to share his book collection with passionate book worms.
If you are ever in this nook of the world, I would urge you to stop by this charming vintage book store just for the love of reading and collecting books. I guarantee you won’t come away disappointed.
Do you have a favourite book store? Won’t you share with me what’s it like? I would love to know more of such hallowed book spaces.
Here is a post by me on my favourite book reviewers that I feel might interest an avid bookworm like yourself.
An interior designer by profession, writing is a passion which coupled with travel love blossomed into this blog where I love to just “do my thing”! Be it recipes, food events, travel jaunts, fiction dreaming or even meditative musings; all of it’s taken up quite passionately on my blog. I am a serious wine guzzler and love to chase butterflies in my free time.
This post is part of the December bloghop #mymojo with Shalzmojo
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