The “Books & Beyond” ad hoardings have been up at many places in the city and I liked the idea of converting the hoarding into a very realistic bookshelf. The bookstore had been beckoning me for a while, and Sunday saw me land at “Books and Beyond” at the Ashoka Mall in Road #1, Banjara Hills.
How was it? I’ll stick my neck out and say that currently this is the best bookstore in Hyderabad. Odyssey, Crossword, Walden – all of them have the same books, there is no variety. Not the same for B&B. I found many new authors, authors I had never heard of, authors I had heard of and never found the books, and authors who already exist in the other Hyderabadi bookshops. I am sure that from now on whenever I am going for book shopping, I am going to Books & Beyond. Yesterday, I had to think of my wallet, and kept back 4-5 books that I had picked up and returned home with only 5 books 😐
The negatives of this place – no place to sit and read through the books 😦 though they have provided stools in between the book shelves. Also why does every bookshop have to double up as a gift shop too? Can’t there be a bookstore that keeps only books?
But on the whole, an awesome book store with amazing collection of books. As of now, the best book shop in Hyderabad.