Mumbai’s iconic Strand Book Stall shuts down


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Mumbai: India got independence in 1947, Strand Book Stall opened in 1948. We interview Vidya Virkar, the current owner of Mumbai’s 70-year-old bookstore. The founder of Strand Book Stall was her father – Padma Shri Tekkatte Narayan Shanbhag a.k.a T. N. Shanbhag.

After being founded in 1948 as a two-shelf book stall located in the lounge area of Strand Cinema in Colaba, the place upscaled into a becoming a bookstore in Fort and gained a reputation of being the only ‘personal bookstore’ in Mumbai; thanks to the personal attention and recommendations that the owner used to serve the regular customers with.

The founder, Padma Shri T. N. Shanbhag later went on to be bestowed with the fourth highest Indian civilian award in India – The Padma Shri Award.

A number of people who have to lead the country have purchased books from this store. Some of the most eminent names include Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Manmohan Singh and more, as informed by the owner.

Watch the video to find out more about this iconic bookstore, the legacy of which we wish wouldn’t have ceased to exist.



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