‘Be proud of your town because it is a big part of who you are!’ said some wise gentleman.
“Pride without knowledge is like a tree without roots!” said somebody else, a little wiser maybe.
Of late I have begun to follow their words and I have started learning about Namma Bengaluru. What better way than to read all the literature about the place we live in? While discussing our common interests (read books!) a friend recommended me ‘Peter Colaco’s Bangalore: Century of Tales from City & Cantonment’. I was on an eager search the same day.
“Your search ‘Peter Colaco’s Bangalore: Century of Tales from City & Cantonment" did not match any products. Try something like using more general terms or checking your spelling” said Amazon.
“Sorry, no results found! Please check the spelling or try searching for something else” said Flipkart.
“Sorry, out of stock” said Sapna Online.
“Out of stock, it is in print Madam...” said Mr Maye Gowda of Blossoms Book House with his signature smile.
And then like all roads lead home, I sent this on our WhatsApp group of Akruthi Books.
Pat came Guru’s reply, a dear friend and the owner of the bookstore. If there is something called as cloud nine, it was this text for me at that moment. There is a reason why some book stores become your favourite, it is because they are run by warm people who make the place feel warmer than home. They make a way to your heart. They are not about sales. They are not about discounts. They are not about author meets and greets. They are not about book reading sessions. They prevail for something beyond all that, for the higher purpose of reading.
I received the book by post today and cannot wait to read it. Thank you Guru :-) I am Bangalored, of course for good.
Off I go on a nostalgic through Namma Bengaluru :-)
PS: For all those who love reading and who live in Bangalore, do visit this bookstore at Rajajinagar, a quiet but bright basement very close to Bashyam Circle. I bet you cannot stop loving this little den and getting some books!