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The Bookpoint, for book lovers | Chennai

What you see - As the name implies, The Bookpoint store basically is all about books.

The only two things MetroMela spotted that weren’t “bookish” were the counter for Kreeda games, traditional Indian board games that have been played for ages, and the French stationers Maped. Everything else in this 3,500-square foot, spacious, single-floor store is all about books. However, its future plans to diversify may change all this. MetroMela was told greeting cards and a lot more will be soon seen on its shelves.

Established in the year 1997 by the brother-sister duo of Krishnadeva Rao and Nandini Rao, this store, run by the Orient Longman group of publishers has a presence in four Indian cities - Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai, with its head office in Hyderabad.

What you get - The Bookpoint has all kinds of books, fiction and non-fiction, poetry, children's books and educational books (even syllabus books are available here). The store is also open to procuring any book, Indian or foreign, for you on request. They are always offering to get books from publishers other than Orient Longman and also entertain orders from schools and colleges for syllabus books as they are stockists for specialized college level syllabus books. They also have tie-ups with different distributors and offer books at a discount of 10 to 20 per cent.

They do have the odd reading session but they honestly aren’t as market savvy as the larger stores in the city such as Landmark and Odyssey. This is more of a homely type of bookstore, where serious book lovers are more than welcome.

Our verdict – So if books are on your mind and you do not want to be side-tracked by other commodities, then this is the place to visit. Spotlights enhance the ambience at strategic points. The staff here is courteous and well-informed about the books available, so finding something in a hurry is not a problem. Besides, they have one of the best collections on religion, philosophy and sociology.

On the downside, parking is a nightmare. The Bookpoint is on a service lane off the arterial Mount Road or Anna Salai and this severely limits parking space. This is, unfortunately, the reason The Bookpoint is not as popular as the other bookstores in the city, some of whom even offer valet parking services. If you want to visit The Bookpoint, MetroMela suggests you try sometime between noon and 3 PM when the traffic here is a little light.

Anytime between - 10 AM - 8 PM (Weekdays)
                                3 PM - 8 PM (Sundays)
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