Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Had to share...


As any booklover will tell you, finding a new bookshop, especially one that seems to meet all your book needs, is akin to attaining nirvana! Well, I'm pleased to report that finding "Idiom Booksellers" on our recent trip to Cochin was a truly delightful surprise. We had just stepped off the ferry at Fort Cochin and was about to take a walk down "Jew Street" famous for its antique stores when I spied this little bookstore. I rushed inside and found that it seemed to specialize in travel and coffee-table books , however, it also had a very nice selection of Indian classics and a whole host of "Amar Chitra Kathas" ( unique to India, these comics illustrate historical and mythological tales from India's rich cultural heritage) which my daughters bought by the dozens. I loved everything about the shop, it's location (deep in the heart of Jewish Cochin), its charming facade (wish I had a picture to share), the collection of books, but best of all, I loved the little jute bag they packed the books in and the Saraswati (goddess of learning) bookmarks that they generously inserted in every book we purchased. Can't wait to go back there again!

8 comments:

booklogged said...

I love buying books when I travel. I always put the date and place where I bought the book, then when I get around to reading it the memory comes back. It's thrilling to have your daughters excited to read about their heritage. Almost more fun than buying books for yourself is buying for you children.

Guinness_Girl said...

How wonderful! That place sounds great!

Lotus Reads said...

Hi, booklogged!

Hee, buying books abroad is always one of the highlights of my travels. They make such good mementos, don't they? Ofcourse, now that books from every corner of the world are available online, I have to say I much prefer the armchair way of shopping, still, nothing can compare with the feeling one gets when one enters a new and different bookstore - it's always so filled with excitement, so full of promise. I love that feeling! :)



Hi, GG

Thanks for stopping by and for the comment! ;)

paris parfait said...

What a great find!

Susan Abraham said...

Dearest Lotus,
What gorgeous holiday this is for you...and with regards to this post, my
heart bleeds with the romance of it all...
love as always

Anonymous said...

I am not sure I can post a comment without being a blogger here but I will try!

Are you home yet?

I absolutely agree with this comment you made:

"...nothing can compare with the feeling one gets when one enters a new and different bookstore - it's always so filled with excitement, so full of promise. I love that feeling! :)"

So true!!

I never imagined a Jewish community in Cochin!! Amazing!


Shelley (aka, jessibud)

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Jennifer said...

Hi Thanks for posting this. Is this book shop in Fort Kochi or in Jew Town? Thanks.