“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness”, said Helen Keller. Love of literature is universal and nothing can stop people from falling in love with books. They are good friends and company to those who seek them. Book lovers tend to read, admire and occasionally collect books. Booklovers usually tend to seek havens, where they can find what they are looking for, with an ambience that makes them feel at home surrounded by books. Book lovers in Bangalore are in for a treat, as the city is buzzing with awesome places where they can relax and enjoy. Even though there are numerous commercial setups in Bangalore where you can buy books, there are those 7 special book houses which will impart a special experience for book lovers that they can cherish forever.
At crosswords you can browse through what appears to be limitless collection of books welcoming you from the shelves. Apart the books, you can find here films, music and wide range of games and toys as well. From Fifty Shades of Grey to King Lear, you have it all under one roof in this bookstore. It has an adjoining café as well, if you decide to sit and read some books over there. Though not unique, the bookstore is popular as it offers all types of books.
SANKARS are the book people who began their business in the year 1967-68. SANKARS never stopped with opening a regular bookstore for booklovers, but they brought in new innovative ideas to please their customers. Their latest venture on Madras bank Road is not just a storehouse for books of all categories, but they have created opportunity for readers to intellectually interact with the authors. With entertaining play area and food available, your children are never going to interrupt your book browsing here.
For those who seek steal deals on books, Bookworm is the right place to haunt. The second hand book shop has received wonderful reviews from book lovers from Bangalore, especially for the exceptional way it makes you feel. Bookworm is a bookshop that has helped to keep the romantic feeling of buying and reading books alive. It is also a great place to find discounts or hunt for a rare book which is not found in general commercial book shops.
4. Atta Galatta
Atta Galatta is special not just for those 5 oaks that stand guard outside the building, but also for housing and promoting Indian authors. The only books by foreign authors are found in the children’s section. One of the attractive features has been the book reading sessions held here by authors, which has fascinated sincere book lovers from Bangalore to visit the bakery-cum-bookstore. They have an amazing range of books available in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi, besides books by Indian authors writing in English.
3. Leaping Windows
This place is paradise for comic and graphic novel lovers. The unique library has a large collection of DC, Marvel, Manga and other comics, which are quite expensive for people to buy. The place has great ambience where you can flop down on a comfy pouf to enjoy the comic of your choice. To make your experience perfect, there is a café on the first floor where you can get beverages and snacks. You will be coming across nearly 15-20 new books every month.
2. Strand Book Stall
Founded loving by Padmashri T. N. Shanbhag 60 years ago, Strand Book Stall is one of the most loved book houses in Bangalore. Apart from having a highly refined selection of books, the store is popular for offering 20% discount on books. Strand Bangalore was the first bookshop to start innovative concept of book readings. These interactions between authors like Shashi Deshpande, Sudha Murty, Shashi Tharoor, Anita Nair and their readers became a huge hit with booklovers. Strand is not just a bookstore, but it is legacy left behind by an ardent book lover.
If there would be voting held for most lovable bookstore in Bangalore, Blossoms would win hands down. This is not just treasure trove of new titles, but also an amazing place to find second hand books in good condition. The discount you can get here is incomparable to any other place. For the merriment of booklovers, there are more than 50,000 titles available here. Nothing can match the joy of browsing through the books, with a piping hot cup of tea which the store offers you.