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Kitab Khana, a beautiful bookstore in Mumbai, India

By Akshaj Mehta, Sci-Tech Column Editor

 

When I was in Mumbai in India, it was getting pretty boring because I had not been able to visit my favorite store Barnes and Noble, in Natomas so I had not been able to read books or use books for research. That all changed when I visited a bookstore called Kitab Khana located in the heart of Mumbai near a place called Flora Fountains. This place was recommended by Ms. Fiona Fernandez (Editor, Mid-Day Newspaper) during my visit to meet her at her work place.

Kitab Khana Book Store - Kitab is a Hindi word which means book. And Khana also is a Hindi word which means food. Kitab Khana is like a soul food for book lovers. (Oh, and they also have a restaurant there!)

Kitab Khana Book Store – Kitab is a Hindi word which means book. And Khana also is a Hindi word which means food. Kitab Khana is like a soul food for book lovers. (Oh, and they also have a restaurant there!)

02 AK Columns, Global Village, Kitab Khana, Kitab Khana #2

Now you’re probably wondering why I connected to this bookstore and felt it was so different than others I had visited in India and also why it gave me a feeling of being in the Natomas Barnes and Noble. Kitab Khana has a spiraling staircase to a second floor – just like in the movies of Harry Potter, except it is not magical.

02 AK Columns, Global Village, Kitab Khana, Spiraling Staircase

And the collection in this store is out of this world. The store has stack of books from not just the Contemporaries to the Classics in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu but also my favorite 1900s Goosebumps to 2016 books đŸ™‚

02 AK Columns, Global Village, Kitab Khana, Signs picture

02 AK Columns, Global Village, Kitab Khana, Famous People

The bookstore has orange and blue shelves and cute bean bags and small seats in the children’s area, which looked so inviting that my younger brother became lost into his own world while reading a variety of books.

02 AK Columns, Global Village, Kitab Khana, Brother picture

02 AK Columns, Global Village, Kitab Khana, Full Library

Unfortunately, during the past few years, bookstores have been closing down. But this one has remained open and I hope with more readers’ awareness we can make sure this store does not close!

Sources: Ms. Fiona Fernandez

Kitabkhana.in

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