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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular book markets in Kolkata (Calcutta)?

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Love to read on the plane or as you enjoy the rhythmic chugging of trains? For those of us who just cannot do without a good read even on a holiday, Kolkata has a humongous variety of books to offer. You can find the latest of books and quaint titles or editions at the following places:

  • College Street

    Love to spend time reading on your vacations? A place straight out of the paradise of Eden for Book Lovers, College Street is the place for you. From International to Indian and Bengali authors, if you are looking for a title you can’t find anywhere else, come to the College Street! The best part about this place has to be the unbelievable prices you get these books at, given that they are often second hand. This place is also a collector’s haven, so if you have been wanting a certain edition of any publication, academic or fiction, it is highly likely you will find it here. So pack up that big bag and head to this place for a reader-happy shopping experience!

    Address: Bow Bazaar
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India

  • Classic Books

    A cozy book shop that stocks titles on environmentalism, politics, women empowerment and spirituality, this establishment is owned by a warm couple who welcome you with a smile. Explore books on offbeat topics as your children are happily engaged in the kid’s section or pick up an engaging read for your ride back home. The best part about the place is that if you request a title at the billing counters, the owners go out of the way to arrange it for you. When you have had your share of book reading and shopping, head to the drive in next door for a yummy meal!

    Address: 10, Middleton Street
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India


  • Oxford Book Store


    A huge store from a popular chain, this is a place adults and kids both can fall in love with. Take your pick from fiction, fantasy, non fiction or any other genre, sink into the comfy sofas here as you look through the books you have picked up and spend a lazy day! Sip coffee at the snacks counter for the refreshment you need and return right back to your beckoning pages. Trust me, such is the environment of the place, I have seen people come here to read books and go back, only to return and finish it. Why do they do so?  Of course, for the relaxed atmosphere of the place! Come and experience it for yourself!

    Address: 17, Park Street
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India


  • Kolkata Book Fair

    Taking place in the month of January, the Kolkata Book Fair is a major attraction for book lovers all over India. Often called the World’s largest non- trade book fair, Kolkata organises this event with great gusto at Maidan. This festival is the world’s third largest book exhibition event and has registered the participation of some 23 countries together! This is also India’s second oldest book fair and countless bookworms stream into Maidan to make it a roaring success every season. This is a 12 day festival celebrated in Kolkata so plan your trip accordingly if you wish to visit during these times. This fair may often take more than a day to scale, so it will come in handy if you prepare with the list of stalls you want to visit beforehand!

    Address: Guru Nanak Sarani
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India

  • National Library

    Though this is not your usual book store exactly, the National Library is one of the best places to check out books which are ancient, out of print or simply difficult to locate nowadays. Step into the place and be greeted by the fragrance of old books book lovers adore, pick up an intriguing monograph or manuscript and be awed by the immensity of the largest library of India.  

    Address: Belvedere Road
    Alipore
    Kolkata
    700027
    West Bengal
    Telephone:+91-33-24791381

                                   

Don't be surprised by how much this city reads, it isn't called the Intellectual Capital of our country for no reason! Pick up your favourite book, find a comfy lounger and spend heavenly afternoons in Kolkata reading up the words of the great!


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