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Lo­cated a few shops away from De Pauls in the shade of Jan­path Bha­van, a visit to Fa­mous Book­store while sip­ping cold cof­fee has long been a rite of pas­sage for many Del­hi­ites. First set up in 1933 in Pak­istan, the late founder Ar­jun Dev Arora was forced to start again from scratch in New Delhi.

To­day the store is run by Ar­jun’s son, San­jeev Arora, and dis­plays books in an eclec­tic range of gen­res. Hav­ing ob­served the city for over 60 years, San­jeev has some won­der­ful an­ce­dotes to share with cus­tomers and tourists alike. His store has also been host to a se­ries of his­toric vis­its such as the Eng­land cricket team’s out­ing in 1992 for a round of In­dian book shop­ping. “The clien­tele of our book­store has al­ways been a di­verse mix. From the chief jus­tice to film­stars to col­lege students, peo­ple from ev­ery sec­tion of so­ci­ety have been com­ing to pur­chase books from us. We are a part of this city’s his­tory and have grown along with it,” says San­jeev.

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