For the love of books



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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.

Meet Shalzmojo

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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23 thoughts on “For the love of books

  1. Zephyr

    This store sounds so delicious, if I may be pardoned for using the term to describe a bookstore! The armchairs sound inviting even while reading about them, so can only imagine how comfy they’d feel, with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Where, is this by the way? Not in India, by any chance?

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    1. Shalzmojo

      Oh yes this is in India – its in the Southpoint mall in Gurgaon!! Will just add the link to it in the post!! If you do get a chance to visit it, then put it on your list! The books are just droolicious!! 🙂

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    1. Shalzmojo

      You would love this store Sanch. Remember the one we visited in Mumbai? This is one is a very upgraded version of that – quiet, peaceful and just surrounded by tonnes of beauties in terms of hard bound books. Some of the book sets make me wanna rob a bank quick!!! 😉

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  2. Shailaja V

    This sounds like the perfect place to lose oneself in 🙂 December was a month where I visited my favourite bookstore thrice just to walk through the alleys and skim through books. What heaven to be in a place like what you describe 😀

    Ah, I am back to reading with renewed vigour and I couldn’t be happier! This was such a soothing thing to read today. Also, you know that thing about attracting what we think about? I’ve only been seeing ‘Best bookstores’, ‘Books of 2018’ and ‘Reading lists’ wala posts for the last 5 days! Kismet 😀

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    1. Shalzmojo

      Ah bookstores are such a delibht to browse in Shy – lucky you if thats what you are attracting these days. I am seeing books everywhere too and this year have decided to check out libraries near my house and also perhaps subscribe to Kindle by Amazon as there are some really yummy titles to read there.
      But bookstores remain my favourite and this one is so perfect for that winter after noon browsing and then settling in a comfy chair to read while sipping a hot cup of your preferred brew.

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  3. Rajlakshmi

    The owner has put so much thought into the making and the design. I specially like the name. So creative! This sounds like a perfect place for any book lover… Quiet and cosy 😀

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    1. Shalzmojo

      Hey Raj – I agree with the name. Thats what intrigued me since the front is so unassuming and the glass is slightly tinted – so you cant really see inside. It is the most perfect cosy place to read in my opinion too!!

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    1. Shalzmojo

      You and me both Lata – the armchairs look really inviting. Its so close to my house and yet I have never found time to do this. Perhpas this is the year that I will get to it.

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