Book Shop

Retail booksellers, academicians, librarians, teachers and students – all can be seen hurdled at Kitab Ghar, a popular book store in southern Bihar. Spread in an area of 1,000 sq ft area and strategically located in Bihar Sharif town of five lakh population in Nalanda district, this unique book shop has been into book distribution business for last 45 years. Shailendra Kumar of All About Book Publishing met Deepak Suchanti, proprietor, Kitab Ghar to discover more about this landmark book store. Started by Late Kapoor Chand Suchanti, father of Deepak Chand Suchanti, in the 1960s, Kitab Ghar has been a popular destination among educated people since those early days. Kitab Ghar is broadly segmented into three sections: front, middle and back to store books for different clientele. The books for retail have been shelved in the front while those for distribution and stock are stored in the middle and back side sections respectively. This store has been serving as an agency to various publication houses such as Student Friends and Bharti Bhawan (Patna) for educational, academic and competitive exam books for school and canadian online pharmacy no prescription needed college students; JB Publications (Mathura) and Master Mind Publications (Meerut) for children books, along with fiction, literature and motivational books from Pustak Mahal (New Delhi).

Deepak SuchantiOther genres available at Kitab Ghar include: general, cooking, astrology, magic and others. Also, this book store boasts of supplying a huge volume of books to three districts of Bihar, viz. Nawada, Nalanda and Shekhpura, in addition to adjoining districts of Munger and Lakhisarai. “We also supply books of NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) and BTC (Bihar Text Books) to schools, colleges and libraries across the region,” informed Deepak. Around 5,000 book lovers visit Kitab Ghar every month; among them about 50 are foreigners looking for books on ‘learning Hindi’. “The foreign buyers are predominantly from Buddhist countries like Japan, Cambodia, China, etc,” told Deepak.

With the newly constructed Nalanda International University he expects more (student) readers as well as book stores and libraries. Besides, constant growing of engineering and medical colleges in the region signals a new prospect to expand business in future. “In connection to such scenario, we are planning to expand the area. The stock and distribution sections will also be shifted to another space,” he told. On asking about the threat from online book stores, Deepak replied, “As far as online book delivery is concerned, we do not face any threat since the business model is ineffective in the region. Kitab Ghar still rules in its traditional way of book distribution in Bihar,” he concluded.

With over 2,00,000 titles housed in a multi-storied building on the busy Ansari Road in Daryaganj, Delhi Book Store is a name to reckon with. More recently, they have been in news for foraying into educational publishing. Here’s more on this grand bookstore. Books are an integral part of our life and people who are engaged in the dissemination of knowledge, for them, bookstores play a vital role. Delhi Book Store (DBS) is one of the leading bookstore in India. It is amazing when you walk on the floor in the midst of the row of different types of books and racks of colorful and attractive volumes of glittering titles. Delhi Book Store, occupying all the floors of a five-storied building in Delhi’s Daryaganj area, near historical places like Red Fort, Jama Masjid, etc, is the place where you can quench your thirst for finding reading material covering all fields. Knowledgeable, friendly and pro-active staff is always ready to lend a helping hand.

“Inspite of a sea change in technological world, the interest as well as the need of reading a book has never come down, rather it has increased gradually. The necessity and levitra lowest price searches internal urge of visiting a book store may sometime lead a reader to different book stores but DBS, as always, plays the role of the polestar where all searches terminate. Yes, when someone enquires about a rare book of any field, or becomes tire of finding a book anywhere, DBS brings the light of hope,” told Vijay Ahuja, managing director, DBS.

Books on various genres

Vijay AhujaNo wonder then that DBS stocks over a staggering 2,00,000 titles. “Besides all types of regular and popular publications, we have many rare and valuable books of international publishers as well as Indian publishers like DBS imprinTS and others. Hardly can you find someone not to get the intended book in our store,” added Prateek Ahuja, CEO, DBS.

The bookstore is well studded with almost all the subjects – academic, technical, medical, scientific, travel, story, novel, literature, philology, philosophy, general et al. DBS is one of the leading wholesale distributors of medical, general, technical, and educational books in India. “We import rare handpicked titles of renowned international publishers of excellent reputation,” he added.

So be it Arts, Science, and Commerce; Language, Linguistics, and Writings; Health, Family, and Personal development; Dictionaries & Atlases; Religion and Spiritualism; Society and Social Sciences; Travel and Tourism; Computing; Sports; Study Aids – DBS has it all. Besides, the huge collection of books of different general streams DBS is well known for a unique and unparallel storehouse of Medical and order levitra online Technical books. Some of the prominent subjects include Anesthesia, Cardiology, CT/MRI, Dentistry, Dermatology, ENT, Hematology & pathology, Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopedics/ Physical Medicine, Oncology, to name a few.

Rare books…

“Besides, a large number of new books, we also carefully collect used, damaged, out-of-print, rare and collectible books from every corner of the world. We give maximum rebate on these books depending on its physical condition,” told Prateek.

Strong distributor network…

DBS has webbed a very strong and reliable network of distributors all over India. “We sell our books to wholesalers as well as to retailers.

Books are also sold to institutions as needed, private and public alike. Our special cell is engaged in online selling to both domestic and internal customers. DBS also have sub wholesale dealers working across the country to meet the demand of the customers,” shared Prateek.

Competitive prices, fresh books, short lead times, freight concessions on bulk orders – DBS is striving to give the best experience to its customers

Online portal…

To make it easier for their customers, Delhi Book Store runs their portal where one can easily choose and place an order for the books at the comfort of home or office. Easy searching and surfing from database of 2,00,000 titles (subject wise), swift and safe payment, tracking of orders at special rebates are few add on benefits of this secured, reliable e-com portal.

DBS has webbed a very strong and reliable network of distributors all over India. “We sell our books to wholesalers as well as to retailers. Books are also sold to institutions as needed, private and public alike.

Cultural curry at Village Hauz Khas

For some, Hauz Khas Village, situated in south of New Delhi, is a place with numerous art galleries, upscale boutiques and finest restaurants amidst architectural heritage of medieval history of Delhi Sultanate reign. For others, it may be a tourist-cum-commercial area with aesthetic village feel, which also has lake, water fountains, swans & ducks, manicured green parks, and Islamic monuments. But recently, Smita Dwivedi discovered a new charm of this place for those who love to read and research. Now, the place has gained popularity as a melting pot for readers, writers, authors and book lovers. AABP brings an account of her visit to a few book stores in Hauz Khas Village ...with a difference.

A literal village

To start with, here’s a little piece of information… Hauz Khas Village was developed in 1980 with an aim to preserve the remains of Muslim royalty from the 14th to 16th centuries. And since then, it has always remained an upper class commercial area of south Delhi. ‘Hauz Khas’ in Urdu language has been derived from the words ‘Hauz’ meaning ‘water tank’ or lake and ‘Khas’ meaning ‘royal’, together meaning ‘royal tank’.

A peek at Cottage of Arts & Jewels…

Near the monument gate, at the entrance of Cottage of Arts & Jewels, there’s a message, ‘Old Books Downstairs’. With an obvious thought of finding old course books, novels, etc., I moved down to the basement. But these old books were not the usual old ones…they were really old…ancient.

Kusum Jain, owner, Cottage of Arts & Jewels further explained about her passion…which luckily is a gaining profession for her as well. “I started this shop 23 years ago when there were just seven shops in the village. Our vast collection has paintings, books, maps, prints and movie posters of the bygone era. It was always a great going for me as I always found good and great buyers for my collection.”

With a confident gait, she took me around the displayed collection of books, maps, lithographs, manuscripts, movie posters etc. Before going further, I inquired, “How did you manage to collect all these?” to which she replied, “My grandfather was from “Dilli 6”, and so he was in close contact with the British soldiers deployed at the Red Fort. He generally bought things from them and started collecting. And gradually over the years he collected many things. Later, my father also started the same trend. As I grew up, I owned a treasure so I decided to offer it to all those who wish to own.”

Well, I was naturally curious to know who generally visit these kind of book shops and who are the buyers of such books. “Amongst buyers are mostly researchers, scholars, foreigners, embassy professionals, artists, writers, and film makers,” she told. One of her regular visitors is filmmaker and artist Muzzafar Ali of Umrao Jaan fame and his wife Meera. Besides, famous Bollywood actress, Rekha is a good buyer of her old jewels and stones.

The original copies of court judgement during British era was indeed a wonderful piece of preserved literature here. As I picked them to read, she explained, “These are court papers ‘Khata’, which bears the stamp of British Raj, undersigned by the then judge. These are very popular amongst the law professionals. They want to purchase it for any price. They like to keep them as souvenir.”

“Books on miniature painting, collection of ‘Geet Govinda’, complete set of Golconda school books, first edition of Britannica Encyclopedia, and Jaipur portfolio are most sought after literature,” she concluded.

A look at AllArts… .
Spending time at Delhi Art Gallery…
A visit at Yodakin…

As I moved in between the lanes and by lanes of Hauz Khas, I found another book store in the vicinity of nature. A huge water body with a man-made fountain and endless greenery in front of me...but I chose to step inside Yodakin - an offering from Yoda Press, for book lovers who are looking for more than just bestsellers and chart toppers.

A spacious book store with bright orange interiors, it is an ideal place to spend time and explore these books. Arpita Das of Yoda Press added, “It is an independent publishing venture with a view to develop dynamic non-fiction list both academic as well as popular. We mainly focus on areas like urban studies, sexuality and the body, gender, cinema, contemporary art, popular cultures and new prospective in history.”

“We, as an independent publisher had to struggle to place our authors in the big bookstores, who look at books as a purely commercial venture. Realizing that other independent publishers also faced the same problem, we decided to start our own bookstore where independent publishers and first time novelists could place their books and at least have a chance reaching their respective audience,” she elaborated.

Finally, there’s another book shop on art & paintings that needs no introduction to any art lover, and that is the Delhi Art Gallery (DAG). They have offerings for book lovers as well, which I discovered in conversation with Kishore Singh, head exhibitions and publications, DAG. The range of publications commissioned and produced by DAG is astounding. For years this gallery has been at the forefront of producing scholarly publications especially on modern Indian artists.

The long list of publications include Manifestations V Maqbool Fida Husain; Krishnaji Howlaji Ara, Sadanand Krishnaji Bakre, Hari Ambadas gade, Francis Newton Souza, Syed Haider Raza, Continuum and Made in India; Manifestations IV, Wings of desire, Ambadas, Frame Figue Field, Haren Das, The Drifting Horizon, Jyoti Bhatt, Vishwanadhan, Still Life, The Naked Line, Pai in Paris, Alchemy of Chance; Kanchan - The Story So Far and After the Fall - The Life and Times of Rabin Mondal; Manifestations III, Art Moves; Manifestations II, Manifestations, Poetry and Patriotic Fervor, Mindscapes, The Demonic Line, Changing Images, Face Off 1900-1980’s and Edge of the Century.

On visiting DAG, Kishore presented me with ‘Manifestations V’ – 20th Century Indian Art. It includes works that cut across histories and geographies, mediums and materials, to represent a slice of the best in Indian modern art. It contains some massive-sized canvases as well as sculptures. The first edition of ‘Manifestations V’ was printed in April 2011. This 213-page book is a delight for art lovers across the world. There is a soulful description of all the artworks by well-known art critics.

“The art lovers who visit our exhibitions love to buy these publications from us. They take home these books as memorabilia,” he concluded.

A picturesque Hauz Khas Village indeed is a hot-spot for art lovers and readers alike...who love to explore, read and feel the richness of our traditions and the wealth of knowledge these books provide.