Ten-Second Takeaway

Book lovers and hoarders, if you haven’t been to Maharashtra Book House & Library yet, it’s time to make a trip to Shivaji Park and get hold of books starting at INR 30 upwards.

A Book-Lovers Paradise

The tiny bookstore is across the street from Sachin Seafood Hotel in Shivaji Park – tiny but overflowing with the colourful, new and old books stocked all over the bookstore.┬áMeet Kaushik Visariya – who’ll be sitting there reading Marathi novels. Started off by his aunt and uncles, this bookstore has been in existence since over 50 years now.

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The collection is so diverse that we spent good 20 minutes just talking to Kaushik about the kinds of genres they keep. Find college books, school books {offered at half price as well as new ones} to fiction and non-fiction and our childhood favourites like Tinkle, Reader’s Digest and a couple of old Tintin’s lying aroud. They also stock books in Hindi, English, Gujarati and Marathi – including magazines – so if you’re in the mood to pick up a regional book – it’ll be there.

What We Love

They also double as a library – which is great and helpful to students. It’s simple really – pay the full price of the book, read the book and when you’re done with it, just give it back to them and get half of your money back. The books range from secondhand ones to brand new ones.

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While browsing through the shelves, we came across such delightful novels. From Jane Austen’s Little Women, to Sidney Sheldon, Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham {all of their series}, along with a host of Indian authors. The quirky collection also included travel and art magazines for just INR 20, INR 30 and INR 40 {Taj magazine, Inside Out}. However, a rare find was a special edition of BBC Books – Doctor Who – a complete inside to Doctor’s World and universe and facts about the series for a mere cost of INR 100! Apart from this, we also spotted Oxford Anthology’s Bengali Literature and some unknown books like Dongri To Dubai {about Mumbai’s mafia world} and ‘Trump Surviving At The Top‘ {something relevant more than ever now}.

#LBBTip: They even accept book donations – so if you’d like to drop by and add to their collection do feel free to do so.

So, We’re Saying…

These places have been running in Mumbai since decades purely out of the owners love of books and word of mouth of the locals. They add to Mumbai’s rich and ever growing culture and offer alternatives to otherwise expensive options of buying books {students mainly}. So head for the amazing collection or to borrow a few to complete those readings goals.

Photos: Jayati Bhola/LBB