This pet-friendly children’s bookstore in Delhi brings back memories and old patrons


In its one month of getting reopened, Eureka!, now in Delhi’s GK 2 M-block market, has introduced in congratulatory messages from youngsters and their mother and father who shopped there a technology in the past

“It wasn’t just a bookstore; it was so much more. It brought together reading, author visits, a walk in a forest, poster making — a whole cultural movement that was a family experience,” says Vibha Chawla, a mom to Abhyuday, who’s now 16 years old. She speaks of Eureka! the children’s bookstore in Alaknanda that shut down in 2014. Escalating rents, the rising on-line area that promised reductions, and the final straw — a flood that left many books moist and broken — pushed the shop into closure.

Now reopened in the GK2 M-block market, Swati Roy and M Venkatesh, are nonetheless on the helm, bustling amongst the books, giving suggestions on what to purchase, and leaving you to browse and resolve on a variety, sans the graceful speak of Delhi companies. It’s the explanation Kapil Kapoor, managing director at Roli Books and CMYK, to whom the area belongs, invited them to arrange a children’s part.

“Our idea of a bookstore has a lot to do with the experience,” he says. It’s what units small bookstores other than retail chains. Kapoor thought it a good suggestion to collaborate with individuals who each know their buyer via the relationships they construct and have information about books, main folks to find new titles or genres. Roy and Venkatesh had been in the area since 2003, once they opened Eureka! in a home in CR Park.

Abhyuday, 10 in the {photograph}, now 16, a patron of the sooner Eureka!  
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For them, the brand new area has helped them breathe in extra methods than one. “It’s a 750 square foot space, almost four times the old shop,” says Venkatesh. He provides that they’re trying ahead to a time when authors will be capable of come in for e book readings, publishers launch books right here, and the area can be utilized for small occasions throughout their yearly Bookaroo children’s e book pageant that sees participation from writers, illustrators and everybody associated to the children’s publishing business in India and overseas.

The plan was to open Eureka! as part of the bigger CMYK bookstore in April, however when the lockdown hit, Roy and Venkatesh weren’t certain what the long run held. Kapoor didn’t cost them hire for a few months, preferring to take “a long-term view” as a result of “we must have bookstores in a civilized society”.

The CMYK staff felt the necessity for a children’s bookstore primarily due to the situation. “When we had the store in Meherchand market until about a year and a half ago, it had the exact same atmosphere, but the customer profile was interesting. We were close to Khan market and Jorbagh, where there are a lot of prominent bookstores, so people were coming for art and design books,” he says. In GK 2, with no bookstores round, folks would come in and request for children’s books.

What has modified over time is the standard of Indian books which can be higher illustrated and produced now, says the duo. What has not, is the worth level: “Publishers still price children’s books at ₹250 to ₹300, and young adult books between ₹350 and ₹450,” says Roy.

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On their first outing to ship books in the neighborhood, Venkatesh says he went as a result of there wasn’t anybody else then, and the woman who had ordered recognised them, inviting them in for chai. Meanwhile, their first cargo was despatched to Kolkata for Rakshabandhan. Book patrons — from child to teen and younger grownup — can now accumulate factors as part of a loyalty programme.

It’s been a month because the retailer has opened, and on the bulletin board are experiences of individuals saying the primary time they stepped out was to go to Eureka! a secure area they remembered from their very own childhood.

Neha Dasgupta, who’s near 30 now, nonetheless remembers how “Swati Aunty” would one way or the other get throughout to her the newest Harry Potter e book very first thing in the morning, when it hit shops. She says it has formed her life and path. “What Eureka! has given me is the mad excitement of Harry Potter and the wonderful world of Rick Riordan and even the entire Horrible Histories series that led me to do an undergrad and post grad in History and eventually to my current job at a literature festival.”

Eureka! is open seven days per week, 11 am – 6 pm; order on-line at Eurekabookstore.com

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