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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