Ten-Second Takeaway

Bookshop Wayword & Wise, which opened its doors to book-lovers in Mumbai in October 2015, might just be the most thoughtfully curated bookshop in the city.

Why Should I Go?

A lot. The Ballard Estate bookshop, located a five-minute walk away from CST, sells around 7,000 books, which were selected carefully from over three lakh books by the shop’s owner, Atul Sud, and its curator, Virat Chandok.

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This bookshop is ideal for a book-lover looking for something extra. If you’re tired of Flipkart and Amazon, and have forgotten what it’s like to actually discover a new book in a beautiful, hushed bookstore, head here. Their fiction aisle – which stretches across the length of the store – includes both Helen Fielding and Paul Auster.

What Should I Buy?

We loved their food section the most. Besides including the classics by Pooja Dhingra, Jamie Oliver, Anthony Bourdain and others, we spotted Jerusalem: A Cookbook {INR 4,500}, a culinary exploration of a land which is a melting pot of Muslim , Jewish, Arab, Christian and Armenian communities.

For the music lovers, check out their copy of the Kurt Cobain Journals {INR 1,372}. This collection of writings and drawings by the musicians includes revealing poetry, doodles and heartfelt letters sent to other musicians. There’s also a lot for graphic novel lovers – we were dazzled by their copy of Aya: Love In Yop City {INR 1,297},¬†the final three chapters of the French Aya story, episodes never before seen in English.

We also enjoyed their selection by Pushkin Press {a publishing houses whose works are rarely seen in Mumbai bookshops} such as Journey Into The Past by Stefan Zweig {INR 550, and The Monocle Guide To Better Living, a collection of writing, reports and tips on simply living a better life {INR 4,254}.

So We’re Saying…

Wayword & Wise is a bookshop for the discerning reader whose looking for titles they would never discover on a Flipkart or on an Amazon {not organically, at least}. Their collection is thoughtful, thorough and diverse. We suggest you spend a day here, browsing and finding your next favourite book.

#LBBTip: The curator, Virat Chandok, will recommend new books to you on the basis of your three all-time favourites, so don’t forget to play this fun game with him.

Photos: Athul Prasad/LBB