If you still aren’t used to reading books on Kindle or wish to spend a day amidst books on art and culture, head to Underground Bookhouse that opens to public on Saturday. Located in near the Mount Mary Steps in Bandra, the library-cum-bookstore is a space created by activists and artists, Himanshu S and Aqui Thami of the Bombay Underground collective. The duo also run the Dharavi Art Room, a non-profit that works on several community projects focusing on women and children using the medium of art and photography.
Books being arranged before D-day
"Over the years, we have created a lot of self-published titles like various issues of A5 zine, covering topics like surveillance and counter-culture movements. They will be showcased at the space," says the 35-year-old Himanshu. Besides, the space will also house books, independent publications and graphic novels from Indian and international authors like George Orwell and Roald Dahl.
The bookstore logo
"In 2005, when street booksellers were shooed away from Churchgate and Fountain area, we picked up Rs 3 lakh worth of books and over the years, we have been consistently buying books. So, we have a large collection of titles. However, we will only display books related to art, culture and activism," he adds. The book house will also serve as a space for city’s art enthusiasts to engage with works by independent artists.
Opens from: June 18, 3 pm to 9 pm (weekdays), 12 noon to 9 pm (weekends)
At: Garage No 5, Luisa Apartments, behind Taj Mahal Tea House, St John Baptist Road, Bandra (W).