This Charming Bookstore In Thiruvanmiyur Is A Hidden Gem You Have To Check Out
Chennai born publishing house — Tara Books — has the cutest bookstore in Thiruvanmiyur, where you can buy their books, sit and read them and even pick up some cool stationery or art prints for your home.
What Makes It Awesome
Tara Books is an award-winning Chennai-based publishing house that presents its works across the world in book fairs and exhibitions. They’re a unique publishing house that promotes themes of contemporary value in India, through their books and other efforts. Their books have a strong visual impact thanks to their vivid illustrations and rich artwork. But what you need to also check out is the publishing house’s adorable books space which they call the Tara Books Book Building (also their office and reading space).
Their boutique/space in Thiruvanmiyur is very pretty as you can see from the photos and is the only permanent physical store they have. The space has plenty of high lights and white walls to help showcase their colourful tomes. They also have an open-air reading area where you can sit and read a book, next to a massive mural of a tree (done in traditional Gond tribal art, a style you can spot in a lot of Tara Books illustrations) that goes up to the ceiling! The other cool part about going to their store is that all store-purchased products are at a 20 per cent discount! We really liked talking to the people who work there as it’s very evident that they’re passionate about the work they do.
Now coming to the inventory at the store. You can spend all your time getting lost into those wonderfully illustrated books. One of their books Sun and Moon has artwork done by tribal artists; a collaboration to help showcase their art to many others while using the proceeds to benefit their community. We heart their lovely handmade notebooks called Fluke Books that use recycled paper and come with charming covers of misprints. Processes like screen printing and binding are done in-house at their workshop a few kilometres away. From kids pop up books where each page opens a different scene to Sri Lankan civil war as seen through the eyes of a differently abled child, their range of topics cover environment to feminism and other social issues and this is done in the Tara style of textured paper and strong illustrations.
Tara’s team is more of a collaboration between talented writers, designers, and bookmakers from across the globe and the dialogues and conversation between them are what spark ideas for books. The end result is a colourful, vibrant, handmade book that you’re excited to open, read and touch. Their books are for both kids and adults and come in a variety of languages both regional and foreign. For those of you familiar with Tara Books and want something new to see, you can check out their bookmaking process anytime during the week at their workshop! Just drop by their studio and ask them about it.