Ten-second takeaway

Gangarams, one of the city’s favourite bookshops, returns in a similar avatar but in an all-new spot. And hopefully, it’ll be here for a long, long time.

Booked for life

gangaram book store opens newly in churchstreet

Photo by: Devika Raman

Oh! The joys of having this fabulous place up and running again! Having started in 1977 with one floor of books and stationery at MG Road and later moving to 48, Church Street {discontinuing stationery}, Gangarams Book Bureau is, without a doubt, an iconic part of the city.

And, with its recent shift to No 3, Church Street {just down the road from us!}, we can’t help but be excited about welcoming back our popular haunt for everything bookish. Separated into two sections – Academic Books and General Books – the bookstore takes up the entire third floor. While we spotted huge tomes for subjects like Life Science, Medicine, Computer Science and different branches of Engineering in the Academic Books category, our attention was completely taken up by the other part of the store, where you will also find the owner, Prakash Gangaram, welcoming you with a smile. A treasure trove of knowledge about books {after all, he has had 40 years of experience in the business}, a chat with him is inevitable.

Booking in

On the left side of the bookshop, the children’s books section, stocks everything from illustrated encyclopedias to abridged classics like Treasure Island and Black Beauty. Turn to the Books on India category to browse through interesting works about the country, including books on temple food, mythology, different states and more. The shelves dedicated to Indian authors reveal delightful finds like a collection of cartoons by R.K. Laxman or a graphic novel of based on the iconic film Sholay.

Crafty reads

Apart from the detailed travel guides, the right portion of the store is dedicated to works on crafts and hobbies. With books on crocheting, knitting, textile patterns and jewelry design, this section is a favourite of many who frequent the place. You’ll also find shelves devoted to pet care, gardening, food and drinks, yoga, health and fitness, music and dance, and parenting. Fiction enthusiasts can flock to the wall at the far end of the store which is lined with popular works of both Indian and foreign authors, in alphabetical order. And, if you don’t find the book you’re looking for, Gangarams can even get it for you, thanks to their special order service with publishers abroad.

Where: 3rd floor, 3, Church Street

When: 10am-8pm

Contact: 080 25127888, 080 25323289

Price: INR 100 upwards

Featured image via: Devika Raman