Jackson’s Books in Paharganj is a treasure trove full of both new and pre-loved books in more than 10 different languages priced at a starting rate of INR 100. This store also comes with unlimited hours of browsing through endless shelves, a warm owner and a hidden subsidiary book store nearby full of more such gems.
On the busy main market road of Paharganj, is this tiny bookshop which is so full of books that it almost has bookshelves as its walls (the kind of decor we like). Mr. Deepak has been running Jackson’s Books for almost 40 years and he proudly tells us that it was his store that writer Murakami visited approximately two years back looking for inspiration in Paharganj. While we were browsing through all the Murakami books, the owner informed us that if we wanted more options we could check out the store inside and by inside, he meant another cosy room with the comforting smell of books hidden in the lane close by. More books to choose from equals more joy and that’s exactly what Jackson’s promises. This store stocks all kinds of fiction and non-fiction books, latest editions, pre-loved novels, religious books, cookbooks, classics and even comics like Tinkle, Amar Chitra Katha and Panchatantra Tales that we grew up reading. Jackson’s also sells books in different languages like Japanese, French, Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, German and more.
Jackson’s Books is not swanky bookstore with fancy interiors but it’s a basic room and a shop that offers countless stories and is run by a cordial owner who’ll find the specific book that you’re looking for (maybe even in multiple editions), which is exactly why we love this hidden gem all the more.
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