How Many Of These Old-School Bookstores In Pune You Have Been To?

Divya posted on 27 March

It’s a bittersweet fact that modern technology, while making it convenient for people to access literature at the click of a button, has also been the death of many a beloved bookstore – from iconic Manneys in Camp which was one of the first to shut shop back in 2012, to Popular Book House – which announced their permanent closure earlier in March, after 64+ years; and even notable Strand Book Stall in Mumbai, which closed down earlier this year. We at LBB very much appreciate the value of independent bookshops and have rounded up a handful of Pune’s oldest ones for you to stock up from.

Express Book Service

Express Book Service on East Street in Camp is one of those rare heritage bookstores that has lasted from colonial-era Poona until the current Pune of 2018. Started in the 1940s by current owner Rohit Jerajani’s great-grandfather, this shop played host to an illustrious client roster of important political figures like Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lokmanya Tilak, and Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Here, you’ll find everything from Agatha Christie to V.S. Naipaul, back-issues of National Geographic {collector’s items}, cookbooks, travel guides, comic books, leather-bound literary classics, books on gardening, precious gems, fiction, religion, self-help, study reference, business, management, health, hobbies, craft books, manuscripts, magazines, and more. And what you can’t find, Mr. Jerajani can source for you. Read all the juicy deets in our recommendation here.

Book Stores

2435, East Street, Hulshur, Camp, Pune

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Pragati Book Centre

Pragati Book Center has been around since 1974, started by Mr. Dinesh Furia as a retail bookshop for academic books. By 1976, Mr. Furia ventured into publishing academic guides and notes written by professors and other academics – which became a hit with students. These ‘guides’ have helped some of us here at LBB study and pass our University exams more than attending our college classes did. Pragati is a trusted name for sourcing textbooks, catalogues, and guides pertaining to subjects across IT, engineering, arts, science, commerce, business, pharmacy, management, and more. They have also ventured into the online space, and you can check out their website here. They also have a small selection of books for children, dictionaries, self-help, fiction/non-fiction, etc. A visit to one of their bookstores is never a waste, and we much prefer that to ordering online.

Book Stores

Survey 676-B, Opp. Jogeshwari Temple, Budhwar Peth, Pune

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BookWorld

Located in the basement of Sagar Arcade, off Good Luck Chowk on FC Road, is BookWorld. Beloved by many, BookWorld is around 30+ years old and has a collection of published works from literary classics to modern-day comics. Be it fiction, non-fiction, academic titles – you name it, they’ve got it! The books are arranged in stacks, so it might take a bit of hunting to find what you want, but we really think it’s worth the effort. Unfortunately, last year they announced that they would be shutting shop soon, and have been running a massive clearance sale ever since – with discounts ranging from 10% – 70% off on their entire inventory.

Book Stores

Shop 1 & 11, Basement 616, Sagar Arcade, FC Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune

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The Word Book Shop

Started in 1990 by Mr. Manoj Jain, you’ll find The Word Book Shop tucked away off MG Road, on Bootee Street in Camp. Specialising in books on art, architecture, design, advertising, and graphics; as well as academic reference books on film and media journalism, sports, health and healing, and some ‘new-age’ books. There is also a children’s section – with picture-books, encyclopedias, etc. Mr. Jain says they also offer subscriptions to imported international journals like Time magazine, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, etc. and can even source particular books for you on request. Check out their Facebook page here for all the latest updates and arrivals.

Book Stores

899, Bootee Street, Near Railway Reservation Centre, Camp, Pune

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Sophia Book Shop

Open since 1994, and tucked away in a quiet corner of Koregaon Park; Sophia Book Shop stocks secondhand books in English, German, French, Japanese, Swedish, Korean, Italian, Chinese, Spanish and more. Run by the lady behind the name – Sophia herself, you can find books on fiction, non-fiction, spirituality, classic titles, as well as language reference books, travel guides, and dictionaries. You can buy a brand-new book, borrow one through her library/book-rental service, or even donate your previously loved books back to the shop. Pop by during their opening hours and have a look for yourself! Read our recommendation here.
Book Stores

Building 28/2, Lane D, Near Prem Restaurant, North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune