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At The Book House, one can simply get their hands on some rare classics that include novels by Agatha Christie, Jeffery Archer and Sidney Sheldon among others. The price of the books here starts at Rs 50 and goes up to Rs 200 depending on the size.
Established in 1953, the store initially sold novels, magazines, and academic books, catering to college and school students alike. Though the ownership has transitioned over the years, it was originally owned by an individual named Shekar Shetty. The ownership was then transferred to the store's worker, Udya Verma who continues to hold the ownership of the store to date.
This beloved establishment, which once welcomed luminaries like Shakuntala Devi, is now navigating through some of its most challenging days. Bookseller of the store, Bhalekar says, “Mobile phones and ebooks have ruined everything for us. People are now hooked to screens for everything. This has negatively affected not just us but many whose business has been foiled due to technology. People no longer feel the need to buy books because everything is available on their phones.”
The store's future remains uncertain, with Bhalekar recognizing that only those with a genuine passion for books will be willing to undertake the responsibility of keeping the store alive.
Despite the adversity, Bhalekar and Kamble's dedication shines through. Their warm smiles and assistance to customers reflect a deep love for the store and its legacy. Those who wish to get their hands on rare classics at low prices must head to this bookstore in Matunga soon.