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Oxford Book Store (Mumbai, India)

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  • Empty shelves
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      04.10.2015 13:47
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      • "Hopefully will improve"


      • "Empty shelves"
      • "Poor stock"

      Once great, currently awful. We can only hope it will improve.

      Indian book shops are very challenging experience for anyone who is used to a sensible, orderly book shop. Basic things like arranging the stock by genre just doesn't happen in India - I've seen 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' in the cookery section and business and travel books all mixed in with the romantic fiction. The idea of alphabetising the stock is alien to many stores.

      Three or four years ago in Mumbai I found the Oxford Book Store and thought I'd found Nirvana. The book stock was well structured, the stock was logical, the alphabet was (more or less) exploited to help find what I wanted. I was there for hours and spent a fortune.

      Yesterday I went back. I found it by instinct and memory on the western side of the Maidan (the open grass park where the locals play cricket and football). There was scaffolding all over the outside and once I got inside it was a disaster. Two thirds of the shelves were empty, the ones with stock were illogically arranged.

      They still have a small coffee shop at the back of the store so we had a couple of cold coffees and some apple pies which were fine but nothing very special and even with a second walk around and a serious hunt for inspiration, I couldn't find a single book that I wanted.

      Fortunately today I found another book shop called Kitab Khana on Mahatma Gandhi Road just south of the Flora Fountain and I now have a new favourite.


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