Bookkake in India: College Street Bookstalls

College Street runs through the heart of Calcutta, past the grand old University and Medical School, as well as countless colleges and institutes. It also claims to be the largest second-hand book market in the world, and having walked the length of it I’m not inclined to disagree.

The vast majority of bookstores are single market plots specialising in Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) titles, but there’s a scattering of literature too, and a range of languages. The best represented is Bengali, the local tongue, and many Bengali publishers have their headquarters on the street – notably Rupa (publisher of the million-selling Chetam Bhagat, who I’ve written about at booktwo).

I’m a sucker for big stacks of books and microstores, so College Street is heaven. Each stallholder has their own speciality, and excellent knowledge of their stock. And if they don’t have what you’re looking for, you can be sure they’ve got a friend who will. More photos after the jump.

Posted February 6, 2009 by . Comments (1)
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  1. Those are amazing! Love the signs and the stacks and stacks of books. It must have been such a treat to explore!

    # by Jen, February 6, 2009

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