Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bookshop A Day #14: The Bookshop, New Delhi, India

On the run up to release of The Bookshop Book on the 2nd October, I'm going to be blogging about a bookshop every day to celebrate wonderful bookshops and booksellers all around the world. (#bookshopaday). Today I want to tell you about the wonderful:

The Bookshop, New Delhi, India

I had a chat with the brilliant Rachna, who runs it. 

Hi Rachna! Where can we find you?

Right beside the magnificent 15th century tombs of the Lodi sultans in Lodi Gardens, but here’s an address:

The Bookshop
13/7 Jorbagh Market
New Delhi 110003

# 011 24697102 thebookshop@hotmail.com

Describe your bookshop in three words.

Literary, Friendly, Community-Hub

What’s going to catch our eye as soon as we walk through the door?

It’s a small shop, so it’s like walking into a cave of literary treasure. Everywhere you look there is scintillating literature from India and the world.

What’s the best event you’ve ever done?

We launched Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children in Delhi before he became a world-renowned literary figure.

And your best customer moment?

When Gabriel Garcia Marquez visited Delhi, he strolled into The Bookshop and spent an afternoon there, browsing and chatting with the founder of the store, KD Singh. The next day he said in a newspaper interview that it was one of the highlights of his visit to the city.

Recommend a book you’ve been loving recently.

How is one even possible, so here are three. Passion Flower, by Cyrus Mistry / The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker/ My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

Why did you become a bookseller?

My parents started The Bookshop because my father was always a bit of a maverick and decided that rather than go into the family business he would follow his passion for literature and start a bookstore that would stock literary fiction and quality non-fiction. I grew up in this environment and decided that there was nothing else I would rather do than work with superb books.

Why are you still a bookseller?

Because working with books is the only thing that interests me. In addition to being a bookseller, I also run a major literature festival and am associated with a publishing company—so books are my universe.

If you could open a bookshop anywhere else in the world, where would you open it and why?

New York-quite simply this has to do with the buzz I experience every time I’m in an iconic indie in that city

Sum up what books and bookshops mean to you in one sentence.

Life itself.


Details of The Bookshop Book are 
here. You can pre-order signed copies (shipping worldwide) here

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