Bookish things to do in Bangalore – 1

The city that is known as India’s Silicon Valley is chaotic, corrupt, crowded and messy. Lounge bars, pubs and restaurants jostle for space with malls, multiplexes and 1000 unit apartment complexes. The days when a walk down the bougainvillaea laden promenade on M.G. Road would be followed by a movie at Blue Diamond/ Blue Moon/Plaza/Symphony and a masala dosa afterwards or perhaps an ice cream sundae at Lakeview or Chit Chat, are now lost in the mists of time; surviving only in the shadows of memory.

The Central Business District, a term unheard of some years back, was dotted with bookshops and a trip to explore each one was in itself an adventure in those days. Most of them have gone now, the winds of change and large commercial premises having swept them away. All it means is that it is the readers who have lost out the most. There aren’t too many places left in the city where it is normal to find someone sitting quietly with a book. The tech crowd ensures that the pubs and even coffee shops play loud techno music, music to submerge you in a nagging, repetitive beat until all you are is a pulsing metronome. Conversation and reading or, gods forbid, writing, are seriously discouraged.

So we decided to do a series of posts celebrating the bookish places that still exist in the city and commemorating the ones left in our memory.

Blossom Book House

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Started in 2001 and a relatively new store, it stands proudly as a bastion for books on Church Street. One finds not only new books there but also second hand ones. It is one of those few rare shops that specialise in books and comics and do not bother to sell CDs, DVDs, or stationary. It’s rather chaotic filing system (the books are shelved in order of author’s first names) and maze like appearance make one feel as if the turning to each aisle could be a portal into a different world. Even with just a few minutes to kill, it is a pleasure to go in and wander around. Who knows what one may find? Narnia might be waiting.


11 thoughts on “Bookish things to do in Bangalore – 1

  1. I heard this in Blossoms- Beti, read this book na, it’s on a discount….!! I was there on Sunday but missed that portal.. Too many people in Q. I think it’s somewhere along the crime fiction aisle on the first floor…
    Always feel the magic …. Waiting for the next bookstore.

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  2. Well put. Although I am not from Bangalore but have frequented the city often enough to miss the old MG Road. Really this takes you back into nostalgia of being in the beautiful city Bangalore used to be. Have not gone to Blossom Book Shop but surely reminders me of our good old Strand Book Shop here in Mumbai which still stands tall amongst others.

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  3. Noted and will continue noting for my next visit. All the same u better be there as the way to do it ‘visit bookstores’ is to do it together.

    Re old Blore, plz don’t say anything. It is just plain heartbreaking. ‘I would rather just not venture out’ is how feel all the time that I am there.

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  4. Blossoms is my repose. But there’s another cute lil bookstore somewhere nudged along M.G.Road, around the Symphony theatre. It’s pretty well known, but I’m not sure about its current status. Despite the transition Bangalore has gone through, I still find the time to go walk around Indiranagar, and always stop for a masala dosa wherever I am 🙂 the beauty is still there, but you’ve got to strain your eyes a teensy bit more to find it.
    Much love ! 🙂

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    • Thank you. There are numerous masala dosa places around town and good ones but none close to the Promenade any more because the Promenade itself no longer exists. And the strain may be a bit too much considering everything that is being chopped down or demolished.

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