Kitab Khana, Mumbai
Based in a 150-year-old historic fort, this classic bookstore offers paradise for bibliophiles with their immense collection of books of different genres and languages. The owners Mrs. Amrita Somaiya and Mr. Samir Somaiya believe and intend to fulfill the traditional book reader’s needs in the modern day digitalized world.
Location: Ground Floor, Flora Fountain Somaiya Bhavan, Fort, Mumbai.
Atta Galatta, Bangalore
Opened nearly 9 years ago, Atta Galatta is not only a bookstore but also works as a venue for literary, art and cultural events. The place is known for focusing on and promoting Indian Vernacular Writing and supports regional writers. The store has successfully created a space and community for like-minded readers and enthusiasts.
Location: Koramangala, Bengaluru.
Rachna Book house, Gangtok
Initially started by IAS officer Rajiv Shankar Shresta with his father JS Lal Shresta in 1979, the bookstore had its ups and downs and was eventually reopened by the third generation son Raman Shresta fifteen years later. Today it is a famous bookstore and an important cultural place in Gangtok. It also offers space for local artists, musicians and bakers. Owner Raman tries to push more and more classics among youngsters who walk into the store.
Location: Upper Sichey, Gangtok, Sikkim
Literati Book Shop and Cafe, Goa
Housed in an old Goan building, the Literati Book Shop is another paradise for the readers. It has all sorts of books – sci fi, thriller, romantic, etc. and holds various events for the
bibliophiles. That’s not all, it also has a café so you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee along with your books.
Location: Gauravaddo, Calangute, Goa
Higginbothams Bookstore, Chennai
Established by Abel Joshua Higginbothams in 1844, Higginbotham’s is India’s oldest bookstore chain, spreading throughout street stores, airports and railway stations. The store aims and provides a broad selection of books, magazines, stationary and academic material. It has been 177 years since its opening and is still growing strong among readers of the country.