Nagasri Book House in Jayanagar’s BDA Block is a throwback to anyone who loves the experience of browsing through books in a good old bookstore. The 41-year old store’s collection comprises a mix of the latest and all-time best-sellers, classics, and Kannada books.
We Are In Love With This Tiny, 41-Year Old Bookstore In Jayanagar's BDA Complex
A Secret Store
If you ask the folks of this South Bangalore neighbourhood for a decent bookstore to spend the day browsing, this gem in Jayanagar is where they will guide you to. Tucked away in a corner of the shopping complex, finding it can be a bit tricky, owing to the maze-like, shop-filled structure of the BDA complex. But ask anyone around, and they will guide you home. Step in and the tiny store welcomes you with the smell of fresh, new books. Bookgasm? Oh, very much so. The owner, Mr Prasad, will remind you of a friendly librarian who is always eager to get new readers in. Helpful with a cheerful smile, the man wouldn’t mind one bit if you spend hours tucked away in the corner reading.
The irresistible character of this bookstore is the tiny yet super cosy single floor layout and stacks of new books in a plethora of hard cover, soft cover varieties, like fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, and biographies. In here, you will find various editions and prints of Indian authors such as Anita Desai, Ruskin Bond, Vikram Seth, R.K. Narayan, and Tagore. Classics of Shakespeare, Guy De Maupassant, Rudyard Kipling, Nabokov and the likes are what makes up the fiction part. Even Gerald Durrell has a home here. Non-fiction ranges from Lily Singh’s How To Bawse to Ruskin Bond’s autobiography and Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime to Arianna Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution. You might wonder why we have picked such contemporary names over the rest, it’s only to tell you that this bookstore, even though small, if you have a popular book in mind, they will definitely have it. And yes, their Kannada section is what draws the older crowd in.