Run by a polite gentleman, Mr. Prakash Narwani, Step-In Circulating Library And Bookstore exists quietly on St. John Baptist Road in Bandra. The establishment has Taj Mahal Tea House and Domino's as neighbours, but it has been holding its own for the past 37 years, unfazed by anything. You'll see people- old and young- religiously coming for particular books that they want at this library-cum-bookshop. On asking what genres get the most takers, Mr. Narwani promptly replied, "Action and romance. A lot of ladies come in here for romance novels". Stocking both fiction and non-fiction, you'll see rows of John Grisham and Margaret Atwood co-existing on the same shelf. The library membership will cost you just INR 200 a month.
This Circulating Library-Cum-Bookstore In Bandra Lets You Borrow Books For INR 200 A Month
What Makes It Awesome
What Could Be Better?
The shop is very small and we wish there was a place to sit and read at, but honestly, we're simply happy that something like this exists.
What's My Pro Tip?
It opens twice a day - from noon till 2pm, and then again at 5pm till 8pm. So, if you're thinking of visiting, plan accordingly. You can call them on +91-2226405507.
They also sell greeting cards. If you ask for their visiting card, you'll be pleasantly surprised with an old-school calendar-style card. We're glad that small establishments with a heart still exist.