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HOOKED AND BOOKED

How a tiny Delhi bookstore helped Indians around the country keep reading during coronavirus

Inside The Bookshop, a quaint bookshop in the tony neighbourhood of Delhi’s Jor Bagh.
Quartz/Manavi Kapur
Oasis.
Manavi Kapur
By Manavi Kapur

Culture and lifestyle reporter

Besides setting up unrealistic ideals of love, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks-starrer You’ve Got Mail became a timeless allegory for the charming independent bookstore.

As one walks into The Bookshop, a quaint, well, bookshop in the tony neighbourhood of Delhi’s Jor Bagh, the parallels between the popular Hollywood rom-com become more obvious. The Bookshop, like Ryan’s fictional The Shop Around The Corner, is an old establishment, run more as a family set-up even though those who work there are not related by blood.

But that is where the similarities end.

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