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Happy Book Stall, since 1947: A trip to Aamir Khan's childhood haunt and a Bandra treasure

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Updated on: 01 July,2022 11:00 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Nascimento Pinto | nascimento.pinto@mid-day.com

Situated at the turn of Bandra’s Hill Road, Happy Book Stall is a household name in the Queen of Suburbs. Run by the Jerajani family, it has managed to stand the test of time

Happy Book Stall, since 1947: A trip to Aamir Khan's childhood haunt and a Bandra treasure

Rajan Jerajani has been running Happy Book Stall since 1976 and was joined by his son 17 years ago to take the business forward. Photo: Manjeet Thakur/Mid-day file pic


The year was 1947. During this time for new beginnings in every sense, Jamnadas Jerajani set up the Happy Book Stall in Bandra. This was years after he had dabbled with being a vendor for books and magazines. More than 75 years later, a small set of Jerajani’s descendants have still continued the family business, keeping alive their passion for bookselling. Son Rajan Jerajani and grandson Krutarth now run the only surviving shop from the Jerajani book empire – which had once grown to include stores in Colaba, Pune, and Bengaluru – and intend on continuing to do so for as long as possible. “The store began because my family were vendors who were involved in getting books and magazines from the dock and that eventually led them to become booksellers,” explains the senior Jerajani. 


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