The Oxford Bookstore in the Leela Palace Hotel.
A book store however well stocked it may be can never really appeal to me unless it has the following features:
- Seating area
- Large and spacious
As you can see, I have sold out to comfort over substance ;). This means that I usually end up hanging out in chain book stores such as Landmark and Crossword. Not that I really mind it, but a little less impersonality and a lot more variety of books would go a long way. In addition, most chain book stores seem to stock a limited number of books these days, and focus more on dvds, games, toys, stationery, and in the case of Landmark – even jewellery and perfume!
So, the Oxford book store comes as a refreshing breath of fresh air.
It’s location in the Leela palace hotel (a 7-star super-posh hotel) ensures that when I visit I get valet parking, an intimate book browsing and buying environment, without any crowd. Generally, people think anything in a 7-star hotel is going to be super-expensive, and so the customers here are limited to hotel residents, expats, and a few other book lovers.
How lovely is that!
Now to the most important point – their collection of books. I must say that they have one of the most well-edited collections I have seen. Since the floor area is not large, they have really taken efforts to ensure that they have quality books that really appeal to the target audience they have in mind.
I specifically love their selection of coffee-table books and children’s books.
Last week, as a treat for the snubnose and to get her some new books, I took her here. And she had such a whale of a time :). They have a small reading nook for children. Just look how cozy it is.
In addition, they have managed to squeeze in a wonderful tea-house called the Cha Bar, which stocks an amazing variety of teas, coffees, and short eats.Yumm, yumm!
The snubnose enjoyed herself browsing through the variety of picture books and selecting what she would like to read. And it was such a pleasure to just sit there and watch her unhurriedly make her selections and to just see what interests her and what does not.
I did learn that she likes books with stickers, and so I got her plenty of those. Here is a shot of the snubnose with all the loot that we picked up from the bookshop. Isn’t she the happy camper? 🙂
I know some of you will want to know what books I bought for myself. But the honest, and sad answer is none :(.
The thing is, I so much enjoyed hanging around the snubnose reading the books that she selected for me to read that I actually forgot to browse anything for myself. Can you believe that! But, it’s true!!!
So, which book store do you like to hang around in most? If you are interested do write about your favorite book store and link to me. Or, you can talk about it in the comments section, I would love to read it. We could even make a meme out of it 😀
Note: This is an earlier post that I just polished up a bit and published. Obviously, the snubnose and I aren’t traipsing through book stores when she is so ill!