23rd December 2021

Area of Interest


KitabKhana: One Of The World's Top Bookstores

The Financial Times, London, in late October listed 20 most 'awe-inspiring places to get your literary fix'.

On it were the most brilliant bookshops in the world... from Lagos, Santorini, Mallorca to Tangiers, Buenos Aires, Marfas, Paris and London and more.

Guess what?

Mumbai made it to the list with Kitab Khana, located opposite the iconic Flora Fountain in the southern part of the city.

The entry for this south Mumbai bookstore read like this: 'When the motorcycles, shouting hawkers and stalls sizzling with frying snacks get too much, Kitab Khana -- a spacious, wood-panelled bookshop in a colonial-era building in Mumbai's southern Fort neighbourhood -- makes for a welcome respite from the heat and bustle.'

'The store, named after the palace libraries kept for Mughal emperors (it means 'a home for books'), stocks an intriguing variety of Indian and international authors, including collections in languages such as Hindi and Marathi, with staff on hand to provide guidance and cosy nooks in which to read.'

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