Crosswords in Bangalore. Pic courtesy:Kishore
This last post reminded me how much I rue the fact that Sri Lanka doesn't have good book stores. The Vijitha Yapa is not really a book store, it's a small book-shop. There's no place to just chill, read a few pages of the book you want to buy while you sip a cup of coffee.What's my ideal book store? It should have preferabaly, the following:
- Lots of books (duh! - but a good collection of politics/econ books is a must and for that to hapen your book store must be large)
- Comfy places to sit around and read, your book store should double as a sort of a library.
- Wi-fi or a way in which you can read reviews. (same goes for my ideal DVD-store)
- Some things other than books -- DVDs, and other little 'things' you can buy (not essential really, but good business stratergy)
There maybe reasons for this though, India (according to some) has the world's largest English speaking population. With 350 million speakers, that's more than the combined populations of the U.S., U.K, Canada and Australia put together. Sri Lanka's whole population is about 20 million, about the same as Mumbai's total population. Fortunately or unfortunately, laws of demand and supply apply to everything. But then again, given all those coffee houses and up-market cafe's, I'm sure there is a market for a decent book store.