Ten-Second Takeaway

While we love other bookstores in town {especially those that go above-and-beyond}, Strand Book Stall in Fort is forever loved for its collection, polite staff and discounts.

Still Para-Para-Paradise?

We found that there was a minimum of twenty per cent discount on new books, and about fifty per cent to seventy per cent on older ones. What kind of books? You will find old gems you were once looking for, lesser-heard-of but equally-good books by your favourite authors that you wouldn’t find otherwise here. We saw a wide-ranging stock of books arranged in no whim or order, or so it seemed to us. We saw Faulker and Anthony Burgess. The bookshelves boasted of classics by Naguib Mahfouz and William Thackeray. Poetry books by Vikram Seth as well as his non-autobiographical work Two Lives. Science fiction books by Isaac Asimov, Stephen Hawking and a very, very large stock of Star Wars books, surprisingly. All of these priced between INR 100-200.

There is a section dedicated to the language-lovers, grammar-pedantics and in simple terms, geeks. This section was a lot of fun for us, and we saw many dictionaries, thesauruses, guides to foreign language and favourite phrases. We picked up a really, really cute tiny pocket-sized Italian language dictionary, for when we whisk ourselves away into the narrow Sicilian lanes and get lost on our Vespa. Wishful thinking? We think not.

Surprisingly, we found a bunch of really thin, yet classic books that every self-proclaimed bibliophile must take possession of, each for INR 15 only. No, we don’t kid when it comes to books. The staff is knowledgable, and kind. They will answer your very, many questions because book-lovers are welcome there.

#LBBTip: If you wish to buy a book they don’t have, they will do their best to procure it for you, if the stock is available. Just ask.

So, We’re Saying…

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Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

If it’s been a long time since you last paid Strand Book Stall a visit, maybe its time to walk down memory lane, and walk back with a bagful of books again.

Photos: Bhavika Govil/LBB